Fact Sheets for Healthy Aging

Fact Sheets for Healthy Aging (2005). Pederson, E. & Nelis, T.

The RRTCADD’s Facts for Healthy Aging educates adults with disabilities about health conditions and impairments that typically occur in later life. Each fact sheet provides a concise and understandable explanation of the cause, symptoms and treatment of a specific health condition. These fact sheets were adapted from the “Age Pages” series for the general population developed by the National Institute on Aging. Currently available fact sheets are:

  • Foot Care
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Exercise
  • Arthritis


Can be downloaded at no charge.

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Health Promotion Pilot Programs Evaluation: Improving Athletes’ Health

Health Promotion Pilot Programs Evaluation: Improving Athletes’ Health (2005). Prepared by the RRTC on Aging with Developmental Disabilities & Special Olympics.

This report describes the outcomes of a health promotion program for Special Olympics (SO) athletes at 6 sites. The evaluation focused on health status and health behaviors among SO athletes, program satisfaction among coaches and SO athletes, and process and structural variables associated with implementation of health promotions within the SO organization.

For more information, contact Special Olympics at 202-824-0269 or http://www.specialolympics.org.

Aiding Older Caregivers of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Tool Kit for State and Local Aging Agencies

Aiding Older Caregivers of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Tool Kit for State and Local Aging Agencies (2005). Baxley, D.L., Janicki, M.P., McCallion, P. & Zendell, A.

This technical assistance manual explains how states can develop aging and developmental disability service network partnerships to better address the needs of older adults with I/DD and the families. It is based on the outcomes of a three-year AoA National Family Caregiver Support Program demonstration the developed and conducted collaboration-building workshops in 33 states. The project was undertaken by The Arc of the United States in collaboration with the Center of Intellectual Disabilities, University at Albany and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center of Aging with Developmental Disabilities, University of Illinois at Chicago.
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American Journal on Mental Retardation: Special Issue on Family and Service System Supports

American Journal on Mental Retardation: Special Issue on Family and Service System Supports (September 2004). Heller, T. (Ed.). Volume 109, Issue 5.

Guest Editor: Tamar Heller, Ph.D., Director of the RRTC on Aging and Developmental Disabilities. This issue of the American Journal on Mental Retardation addresses the effects of aging on families caring for persons with intellectual disabilities in Australia, the United States, Israel, and Ireland and discusses the impact on their health and social service systems.