Friday, November 24, 2017

Ageing and Intellectual Disability: Editorial January 2017

Positive Ageing
The theme of this Issue of Frontline is Ageing and Intellectual Disability. The international age profile is changing, leading to a projected doubling of the world’s population in the over-60s age cohort over the next 35 years (WHO, 2015). It is also estimated that the next two decades will see a greater proportional increase in the intellectual disability population over...

Dementia Care Infographic

National Advocacy Conference – 14th October 2016

Good morning to each one of you. It is my great privilege to address the National Advocacy Conference – ‘The Rising 2016 - Love, Freedom and Equal Rights’ with the honorary task of opening this conference. First, I would like to acknowledge the brilliant self-advocates who I worked with on my 2014 ‘Right to Love’ Bill many of whom are presenting...

The Rising Tide of Learning Disability Ambition 2016

With a crash of 40 tribal drummers in shades and a parade of banners from the six regional services roared on by their partisan supporters, the 18th Annual conference of self-advocates exploded into life. Weeks of painstaking preparation came to fruition with a stirring video address from ....

Making sense of risk – Discussions in Disability – 14 July 2016

Here is the text of the presentation given by Brendan Broderick at the 20th Anniversary Discussions In Disability conference held at the George Moore Auditorium, UCD O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD in July 2016.


With Ireland still to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, Errol Cocks explores Individual Supported Living and lays out the Australian experience of a person-centred approach to Individualised Funding, identifying the importance of controlling its best use via people with disabilities and their families, and reducing the influence of government / NGOs.

The Birth of Happy Bones

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.

Avoiding Loneliness in older people with an Intellectual Disability – Lessons from the IDS-TILDA study

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.

Supporting people with an intellectual disability to be an active participant in their own health

The importance of health and well-being is paramount to having a good quality of life. However, to stay healthy and happy into old age, and to experience good life quality you have to be an active participant in your own health.

Re-location, re-shuffle, re-institutionalisation?

National housing policy for people with disabilities promotes the move from large residential settings to community-based living (with four people the recommended maximum number sharing the same residence).