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‘My Thinker’s Not Working’ A National Strategy for Enabling Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Affected by Dementia to Remain in Their Community and Receive Quality Supports

Authors: National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices



Description:

This report summarizes growing concerns over dementia and over adults who have intellectual disabilities, from the executive summary:

"'My Thinker's Not Working': A National Strategy for Enabling Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Affected by Dementia to Remain in Their Community and Receive Quality Supports, prepared by the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices, provides a summary of the challenges facing the nation as we observe an increasing rate of dementia found in older people with intellectual disabilities. The Report offers recommendations for the various stakeholders in the field of intellectual disabilities and anticipates that its findings and recommendations will be considered and integrated into the annual reports and plans developed by the federal Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services."

Report summarizes the growing prevalence of dementia and people with intellectual disabilities and the strain this is placing on the service system. Finally the report outlines a national action plan going forward based on the following goals:

Goal A: To better understand dementia and how it affects adults with an intellectual disability and their caregivers

Goal B: To institute effective screening and assessment of adults with an intellectual disability at-risk, or showing the
early effects of, dementia

Goal C: To promote health and function among adults with an intellectual disability

Goal D: To produce appropriate community and social supports and care for adults with an intellectual disability
affected by dementia

Goal E: To produce a capable workforce and produce education and training materials

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Excerpt copies from the report as viewed online on 1/2/13 at http://rrtcadd.org/resources/NTG-Thinker-Report.pdf


Contact Info:
Organization:Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities Lifespan Health and Function
Address:1640 West Roosevelt Road, M/C 626
Chicago, Illinois 60608-6904
  
Phone:1-312-413-1520
Fax:1-312-996-6942
  
Cost:report can be read online

Web Links

rrtcadd.org/resources/NTG-Thinker-Report.pdf
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