Dementia and aging adults with intellectual disabilities: A handbook

Dementia and aging adults with intellectual disabilities: A handbook (1998). Janicki, M.P. & Dalton, A.J. (Eds.).

This text examines the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias on people with mental retardation from an applied and practical perspective. It provides an up-to-date review of current knowledge on the diagnosis, assessment, treatment, care management, and care practices of dementias for people with mental retardation.

ISBN: 0-87630-916-3 
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Aging With Intellectual Disabilities and Later-Life Family Caregiving

Aging With Intellectual Disabilities and Later-Life Family Caregiving (1998). Heller, T., In Edelstein, C.A. (Ed.), Comprehensive Clinical Psychology Volume 7, Clinical Geropsychology. Oxford: Pergamon/Elsevier.

Dr. Heller examines later-life caregiving for adults with intellectual disabilities from a life-course perspective that takes into account the social trends and service patters that affect these families. It discusses demographic trends, cultural differences, interventions to support later-life transitions including planning for the future, and a future research agenda.

ISBN: 0-080427-07-3 
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Outcomes of Assistive Technology Services and Use by Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Outcomes of Assistive Technology Services and Use by Adults with Developmental Disabilities (1998). Hammel, J., Heller, T., & Ying, G.,  RESNA 1998 Annual Conference Proceedings, pp.14-16.

A report of an outcome study of AT service delivery, use, and relationship to functional status changes over time. The study was conducted among adults specifically with cerebral palsy and mental retardation living in the community.

Aging With Developmental Disabilities: An Information Packet on Understanding Age-Related Changes and Supporting Successful Aging

Aging With Developmental Disabilities: An Information Packet on Understanding Age-Related Changes and Supporting Successful Aging (1997). Factor, A.

This packet provides a basic understanding of age-related changes and their implications for adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Topics include: the aging process and its implications; supporting individual choice and community membership; and engaging and supporting older families in making future plans for their relative with a disability. It contains guidelines and practical suggestions for supporting individual choice and community membership, healthy aging and family future planning.

Assistive Technology and You: A Guide For Families and Persons With Disabilities

Assistive Technology and You: A Guide For Families and Persons With Disabilities (1997), Hedman, G., Hooyenga, K.,Politano, P. & Sposato, B.

This guidebook provides information about the various uses of assistive technology for accessibility, activities of daily living, augmentative communication, computer access, environmental control, seating, mobility, and work site modification. It contains photographs and descriptions of devices, their applications, and guidelines to help families and users become informed consumers in selecting equipment. The guide was written by assistive technology clinicians and reviewed by consumers, families and community agency professionals. It was developed by the Assistive Technology Unit at the Institute on Disability and Human Development in collaboration with the RRTC on Aging with Developmental Disabilities.

Older Adults With Mental Retardation and Their Families

Older Adults With Mental Retardation and Their Families (1997). Heller, T. A chapter in Bray, N. W. (Ed.) International Review of Research in Mental Retardation-Vol 20.

This chapter addresses the needs of older adults with mental retardation and their families from a psychosocial model that examines age-related changes and from the broader perspective of demographic and service trends affecting this population.

ISBN: 0-12366-2206
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Making Choices As We Age: A Peer Training Program

Making Choices As We Age: A Peer Training Program (1996). Heller, T., Preston, L., Nelis, T., Brown, A. & Pederson, E.

This is a curriculum for training persons with disabilities and their co-trainers how to teach other adults with mental retardation about: choice making, rights and responsibilities, how to make healthy choices, and things to do in their free time. The Trainer’s Guide uses a “train-the-trainer” approach so the persons with disabilities who are trainers and their co-trainers can learn how to teach effectively and how to administer each module. The Coordinator’s Guide provides guidelines for administering the training program and for building support for peer trainers and the other participants who they, in turn, train.

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Aging With Developmental Disabilities: Changes in Vision

Aging With Developmental Disabilities: Changes in Vision (1996). Flax, M.E.,& Luchterhand, C.

This brief provides answers to the following questions: What are the typical changes in vision as people age? How will vision loss affect the adult with developmental disabilities? What can be done to make the best of the vision someone has? What information is helpful to bring to an eye care specialist? What should you ask at the eye exam? Where can a person get additional information and assistance regarding vision problems?

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