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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.

Lorraine Keating and Eilish Burke sought to help people with an intellectual disability to take better care of their own health, using a number of innovative methods…

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.

Lessons from IDS TILDA by Kev Mac Giolla Phádraig.

Together, tooth decay and gum disease lead to tooth loss and oral disability. In Ireland, about a third of older adults with ID have no teeth; a rate twice as common as in the general population. What is worse is that when older persons with ID lose all their teeth, they are very unlikely to have.....

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Fiona Hayden explains the recent changes to charges for medical card prescriptions & their implications for the families of those with an intellectual disability.

Access to healthcare and medicines is an important, and sometimes worrying, issue for people with intellectual disabilities. The introduction and subsequent increases in the...

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Dr B Ramasubbu, Senior House Officer in Emergency Medicine, explains the chief obstacles and the ways to overcome them for patients with intellectual disability in the Emergency Department

All patients in the hospital emergency department are different. Tall or short, old or young, and each one will have a different experience. For those with intellectual disability, it can be a particularly frightening time. Tummy pain or headache, combined with unfamiliar surroundings, can make many tearful and upset. This potentially traumatic time can be eased by vigilant staff who are aware that subtle changes in their approach can make a huge difference to this group of patients and their overall emergency department experience...