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Physical Health of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Vee Prasher (Editor), Matthew Janicki (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-0219-3
304 pages
November 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book is the second in a series with the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (Series Editor: Matthew P. Janicki). These publications are designed to address the issues of health, adult development and aging among persons with intellectual disabilities.

Physical health considerations of persons with an intellectual disability are attracting attention within the contexts of human rights, public health, and health promotion. Research has shown that the prevalence of certain conditions and diseases is much higher in adults with an intellectual disability than in the general population. Experts from specific healthcare specialties draw on a strong research base to discuss key physical health considerations for the intellectual disability community. The result is a core resource for practitioners, researchers, students and advocates in this field.

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Table of Contents

Overview of 'Healthy Aging': Epidemiological Concerns and Issues.

Assessment Processes of Physical Health in Older Adults.

Syndrome Specific Conditions.

Cerebral Palsy and Aging.

Epilepsy and Aging in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.

Visual Impairment in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.

Hearing Impairment and Aging.

Endocrinological Issues in Aging and Intellectual Disabilities.

Dentition and Oral Health.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Barriers to Health Care Services

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Author Information

Vee P. Prasher is Associate Professor – Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry within Birmingham Specialist Community Health NHS Trust (Services for People with Learning Disabilities), United Kingdom.

Matthew P. Janicki is Research Associate Professor, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States of America.

Foreword written by Robert Cooke, M.D., Senior Health Advisor to the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Foundation and originator of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development in the United States of America

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The Wiley Advantage

* Editors and contributors represent an international authorship base
* Includes chapters on epidemiology and assessment
* Coverage includes sensory functions as well as distinct pathologies
* Engages with health promotion to promote preventative health
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This is a very relevant book in these times...We have found useful information in a clear and straightforward language in each chapter and can warmly recommend it to the physician and allied professionals involved with the medical care and service of persons with intellectual disability.

Joav Merrick & Mahammed Morad in Int J Adolesc Med Health 2003; (15:1)

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