Developmental Disabilities

Consumer and surrogate preferences for a cash option versus traditional services: Florida adults with developmental disabilities.

As long-term service expenditures have risen, policymakers have sought ways to control costs while maintaining consumer satisfaction. Concurrently, there is increasing interest in the disability community in consumer direction. The Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation (CCDE) seeks to increase consumer direction and control costs by offering a cash allowance and information services to persons […]

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Aging in individuals with lifelong disabilities.

The major research data and findings related to aging among persons with developmental disabilities are discussed. Differences between the aging processes noted in the general population and individuals who have developmental disabilities are highlighted. Topics addressed include prevalence of developmental disabilities and mortality rates for individuals with developmental disabilities. The effects of aging on the […]

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Disability Policy Research: Health Promotion

Community-based persons with mental retardation: opportunities for health promotion. Ridenour N, Norton D. Graduate Nursing Program, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock 79430, USA. Nurse Pract Forum 1997 Jun;8(2):45-9 The public policy of supporting the mentally retarded in community-based, group home environments provides an exciting opportunity for nurses to develop health […]

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Prevalence of chronic medical conditions in adults with mental retardation: comparison with the general population.

We interviewed caregivers and reviewed medical records of 278 adults with mental retardation with and without Down syndrome, 45 to 74 years of age. Standardized morbidity ratios were used to compare frequency of medical disorders in these adults to frequency in the general population. In adults with mental retardation, the frequency of common age-related disorders […]

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Depression and dementia in aging adults with Down syndrome: a case study approach.

Patterns of symptoms associated with depression and dementia were examined in 3 aging adults with Down syndrome. A case study approach (Yin, 1994) was employed to identify and link these symptoms. Results of the case analyses provide further insight into distinguishing between depression and dementia in older persons with Down syndrome.

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