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Community-Based Supports for Adults Aging with I/DD: A Place for True Partnership

Originally published: 1/2016

By Caitlin E. Coyle, John Kramer, Jan Mutchler, and Michelle Putnam

For the first time, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are living into old age, raising questions about how service systems will respond to this emerging demographic. New needs for support with aging-related challenges, such as frailty or dementia, are added to life-long needs for assistance, many of which have been met by family members. Yet these family support networks, including both parent and sibling caregivers, are also aging.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) offer some promising possibilities for supporting people with I/DD as they transition to old age. An ADRC exists in every state, as well as in several U.S. territories.

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