Monday, December 11, 2017

Medicine

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.

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.

The Importance of oral health for people with ID as they Age

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.....

ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARDS AND LONGTERM ILLNESS SCHEME

Access to healthcare and medicines is an important, and sometimes worrying, issue for people with intellectual disabilities. The introduction and subsequent increases in the prescription charge for medical card prescriptions is controversial and runs the risk of those in financial difficulty not being able to afford vital medicines. This could pose serious problems for those with intellectual disabilities who...

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AND 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...