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Elderly people with mental handicap : report of the 19th Spring Congress on Mental Retardation, Exeter 11-13 April 1986

Editor:
WYNN-JONES Alan
Publisher:
MENCAP. South West Region
Publication year:
1986
Pagination:
75p., tables.
Place of publication:
Taunton
Book

Mental handicap: the elderly mentally handicapped person; report of a conference held at the King's Fund Centre, London on Friday 11 September 1981

Author:
ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONS FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED
Publisher:
Association of Professions for the Mentally Handicapped
Publication year:
1981
Pagination:
12p.
Place of publication:
London
Journal article

Hearing older voices

Author:
SOUTHGATE Jaki
Journal article citation:
Viewpoint, 126, January 2012, pp.22-23.
Publisher:
Mencap/Gateway

Older Voices, is a three year project funded by Comic Relief that is working with 17 people with a learning disability over the age of 50. The project is running a series of workshops to make the older people aware of their rights to services and give them the confidence and skills to change things, such as discrimination. This article provides a brief overview of the project which is being run by Mencap Wales.

Digital Media

G.O.L.D.: growing older with learning disabilities

Authors:
JUMPCUTS, FIRST BORN CREATIVES, (Producers)
Publisher:
JUMPcuts
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
(37 mins.), DVD
Place of publication:
Bridgwater

A DVD to help staff and carers understand the difficulties facing adults with learning disabilities in old age. It covers recognising the signs of and tracking senile dementia.

Journal article

Transition to old age - what can we do to aid the process?

Author:
DODD Karen
Journal article citation:
Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, 2(3), September 2008, pp.7-12.
Publisher:
Emerald

This article looks at how people with learning disabilities, including people with learning disabilities who develop dementia, make the transition to old age. It identifies key issues in understanding the transition to old age for people with learning disabilities, including how the ageing process may be different for this group, lack of agreement as to what constitutes old age for people with learning disabilities, the heterogeneity that might help make the transition easier for people.

Book

Working with older people with learning disabilities: lessons from an Age Concern pilot programme

Author:
AGE CONCERN
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
13p.
Place of publication:
London

Seeks to develop an understanding of the ageing process, to develop the knowledge and skills required to assess and define the changing needs of people with learning disabilities as they get older and to enhance the quality of life for older people with learning disabilities.

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Living on the edge: enabling older owner occupiers with moderate learning disabilities to live independently

Author:
EASTERBROOK Lorna
Publisher:
Care and Repair England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
41p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Nottingham

Increasing numbers of older people with moderate or mild learning disabilities live independently in their own homes - but some are facing crises that limit their abilities to continue to do so. This report looks at the situation facing older owner occupiers who: live in homes needing urgent repairs and/or adaptations; have reached a point of crisis at home; lack some comprehension, or have behavioural difficulties, that adversely affect their abilities to manage their everyday lives; are living in complex situations; or are facing the likelihood of crises recurring in the future.

Journal article

Staff-averse challenging behaviour in older adults with intellectual disabilities

Authors:
HARTLEY Sigan L., MacLEAN William E.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 20(6), November 2007, pp.519-528.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

People with intellectual disabilities are increasingly reaching older adulthood. Little is known about age-related change in the prevalence of challenging behaviours among older adults with intellectual disabilities. The frequency and severity of staff-averse challenging behaviours of 132 older adults with intellectual disabilities was assessed through informant ratings on the Inventory of Client and Agency Planning at two time points 8–10 years apart. There was an intraindividual decline in the frequency and severity of challenging behaviour using both lenient and more restricted definitions of challenging behaviour. There was a low prevalence but high comorbidity of severe challenging behaviour. Level of mental retardation and adaptive behaviour were related to the frequency and severity of challenging behaviour. An understanding of age-related intraindividual change in challenging behaviour has implications for staff wellbeing and optimizing the care of older adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Prevalence of dementia in intellectual disability using different diagnostic criteria

Authors:
STRYDOM A., et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 191(8), August 2007, pp.150-157.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Diagnosis of dementia is complex in adults with intellectual disability owing to their pre-existing deficits and different presentation. The aim was to describe the clinical features and prevalence of dementia and its subtypes, and to compare the concurrent validity of dementia criteria in older adults with intellectual disability. The Becoming Older with Learning Disability (BOLD) memory study is a two-stage epidemiological survey of adults with intellectual disability without Down syndrome aged 60 years and older, with comprehensive assessment of people who screen positive. Dementia was diagnosed according to ICD–10, DSM–IV and DC–LD criteria. The DSM–IV dementia criteria were more inclusive. Diagnosis using ICD–10 excluded people with even moderate dementia. Clinical subtypes of dementia can be recognised in adults with intellectual disability. Alzheimer’s dementia was the most common, with a prevalence of 8.6% (95% CI 5.2–13.0), almost three times greater than expected. Dementia is common in older adults with intellectual disability, but prevalence differs according to the diagnostic criteria used. This has implications for clinical practice.

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Supporting older families: making a real difference

Author:
MAGRILL Dalia
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
107p.
Place of publication:
London

Older families are a priority group for support, but it is important that their needs are linked in to the mainstream agendas of services for people with learning disabilities, older people and carers generally. It is important that we make sure that older families have their needs met now, and are supported to remain together for as long as they wish whilst planning for the future with confidence. However, it is equally important that we get things right for older families now so that others who are growing older do not face the same anxieties, uncertainty and fears that so many older family carers have lived with for decades.

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