ERIC Number: EJ997127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Into the Unknown: Aging with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Perkins, Elizabeth A.; Berkman, Karen A.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v117 n6 p478-496 Nov 2012
Research investigation of older adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) noticeably lags behind studies of children and younger adults with ASD. This article reviews the current literature regarding a range of quality of life outcomes of aging adults with ASD. Studies that have addressed life expectancy, comorbid physical and mental health issues, ASD symptomatology, and social, residential, and vocational outcomes are reviewed. Research challenges in identifying older cohorts of adults with ASD are also discussed, and notable areas of concern are highlighted. Overall, aging with ASD does present challenges, but there is also evidence that positive outcomes are attainable. The article concludes with brief recommendations on how to optimize the aging process for individuals with ASD.
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Quality of Life, Autism, Comorbidity, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Older Adults, Young Adults, Age Differences, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Mental Health, Physical Health, Social Influences, Place of Residence, Employment Level
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aaidd.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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