Health and Function

Health Behaviors and Risk Factors Affecting Health and Function

Training is based on the findings of RRTCADD research projects. The training will present the health problems of people with selected neurodevelopmental conditions, describe their symptoms, identify the risk factors associated with their onset, and discuss interventions that may reduce their occurrence and severity. Training will also present findings on the relationship between modifiable health behaviors and the health and functional status of adults with I/DD. The training will be developed by the physicians and nurses at the clinics providing data for project.

Health Professionals

This program will be piloted at the University of Rochester Medical Center, the UCEDD at the University of South Florida; Emory University and Morehouse Medical School; and the DHD,UIC Family Clinics. It will then be extended to other cooperating centers and organizations. It will be packaged as a 1-hour Power Point presentation for use at Grand Rounds for physicians and nurses. The content will be adapted into less technical language and will be disseminated as a self-contained training module that can be appended to existing staff training curricula on the health of adults with I/DD such as the RRTC’s Age-Related Health Changes Information Packet and the Strong Center on Developmental Disabilities Understanding Aging and Developmental Disabilities curriculum for Geriatric Education Centers.

Strength and Balance Training to Prevent Falls

teaches CBA staff and family caregivers how to conduct strength and balance exercises with adults with I/DD that are effective in reducing falls based on the results of research project R2b. The training will be disseminated on a DVD that demonstrates the exercises and includes an Instructor’s Guide. The RRTC and the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) will provide follow-up technical assistance by NCPAD Information Specialists via its toll-free phone line and email.