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ERIC Number: ED505263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Challenges Facing Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Research Digest No. 1
Posey, Virginia; Myers; Diane
CASAS - Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (NJ1)
The authors discuss special challenges faced by older adults with intellectual disabilities. The 2004 report from The President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) stated that in 1970 only about eleven percent of people with intellectual disabilities in the United States were over 55. It is expected that by 2040 the percentage will increase to twenty-two percent. Because of the many improvements in health care, the life expectancy of people with intellectual disabilities is close to that of the general population. In 2002 approximately 2.79 million of the 4.56 million people with intellectual disabilities lived with family caregivers (Braddock, et al., 2004), and more than twenty-five percent of people with intellectual disabilities lived with parents age 60 or older (PCPID, 2004). Areas highlighted for concern include: increased longevity, housing needs, meeting educational potential, expanding employment opportunities, and service gaps. A strategy for improvement is also suggested. (Contains 1 figure.)
CASAS - Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System. 5151 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 220, San Diego, CA 92123. Tel: 800-255-1036; Fax: 858-292-2910; e-mail: casas@casas.org; Web site: http://www.casas.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, San Diego, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act