Aging Developmentally Disabled


Developmentally disabled are those who suffer from mental, physical or both types of limitations when they are at or below the age of 22. They suffer from severe linguistic and receptive capabilities and are not able to care for themselves. They can't manage their own livelihood. Sometimes, troubles may get worse when they grow older. Very often it has been seen that people having mental disability develop diseases more easily than those who are normal. Moreover, there are many factors which contribute to their marginalization when they grow old.

It has been found that mentally-challenged people ususally develop visual and hearing impairment after they reach a certain age, perhaps over 40 or 50. They have been found to be suffering from cardiovascular diseases with aging developmentally disability. After aging with developmental disabilities, certain risk factors increase for them.

An individual with Down's syndrome may develop epilepsy and women may get early menopause. The problem may be compounded by delay in diagnosing the disease. Treating these patients becomes an arduous task as doctors or professionals find really difficult to communicate with these people. This is because with time their hearing, sensory and visual impairments become more severe. The developmentally retarded, upon growing old, lose their flexibility as their bones do not function properly.

Those having mental disability may have dementia and other intellectual impairments. Their caretakers and family members lack sufficient knowledge and infrastructure to look after them. Moreover, due to late detection of the disease, they don't know how to monitor the case in a better way. Parents should be given the necessary guidelines as to how to monitor the needs of the aged. They should be facilitated with sufficient information regarding hospitals, hotels, and recreational spots.