Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lorraine Ledger outlines the beginning, development and success of a novel approach to creating an educational resource about bone health, dealing with causes, risks, screening and prevention for bone issues, a considerable concern for people with an Intellectual Disability.

The Irish Longitudinal study on Ageing – Intellectual Disability Services (TILDA-IDS) Wave II report (2014) highlighted that osteoporosis is the most common non-cardiovascular disease among the Intellectual Disability (ID) population, higher than arthritis, cancers and respiratory conditions.

How to avoid loneliness in older people with an Intellectual Disability, by Andrew Wormald

What are the circumstances in a person’s life that best help them avoid or overcome loneliness? For some people as they age loneliness is an ever-present risk. Mounting losses to social resources and deterioration in health increase the risk of experiencing loneliness.

In advance of the Fine Gael / Labour government’s “Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities”, Kate Butler of Thundercut Alley takes a look at independent living initiatives and opportunities for people with disabilities, and the barriers faced in accessing them due to systemic discrimination and the lack of consistency across services and planning.

This year, a 17 year old girl was given the brilliant opportunity of doing work experience at RTÉ, on the set of Winning Streak. However, because she was a minor and had an intellectual disability, RTÉ requested that she would have support with her.....

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Evan Yacoub looks at the improvements that will have to be made in the care of patients who have an intellectual disability and dementia or other age-related diseases.

Watchman (2014) summarises some of the dilemmas encountered when making decisions about the care of people with learning disability and dementia. In this article I will discuss older people with a learning disability with and without dementia. Referrals to generic services such as nursing homes can also take place when the individual’s physical health needs exceed the capacity of the current care giver(s), regardless of the diagnosis.

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by Stephanie Lawrence, RNID BSc MSc. Nursing Lecturer, Dublin City University

Retirement for service-users with an intellectual disability has been described as a time, the necessities having been accomplished, to do what one wants to...