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Developmental Disability and Ageing

Gregory O'Brien (Editor), Lewis Rosenbloom (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-898683-61-2
144 pages
March 2009
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This handbook is aimed at clinicians and others who are engaged in caring for ageing adults with developmental disabilities. It is intended to inform understanding, promote assessment, assist in care planning, and especially to improve everyday living for this needy but sadly often neglected group of vulnerable individuals. The authors base their guidance on evidence, focusing on important insights that are likely to be valuable to the clinician interested in the care of the individuals on whose behalf the book has been prepared.

A brief general overview of the area is followed by a detailed consideration of dementia in the context of developmental disability, including cause, diagnosis, assessment and natural history, with case examples. The next chapters concentrate on two of the most high-profile of all the major groups of developmental disabilities, with their own unique patterns of ageing: Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Other less common causal syndromes, and their characteristics with ageing, are then reviewed. This is followed by a detailed guide to drug treatment issues in this group. The final chapter considers wider issues of psychosocial intervention and life planning for the ageing individual with developmental disability.

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FOREWORD (John O’Brien).

1. AGEING AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY: OVERVIEW (Gregory O’Brien).

2. DEMENTIA IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY (Gregory O’Brien).

3. AGEING IN DOWN SYNDROME (Tom Berney).

4. AGEING IN CEREBRAL PALSY (Gregory O’Brien and Alf Bass).

5. AGEING IN OTHER SYNDROMES (Marc Woodbury-Smith).

Drug treatment for Common Problems among Elderly People with Developmental Disabilities (Christopher Ince).

6. LIVING WITH AGEING IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY (Claire Middleton and Gregory O’Brien).

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Gregory O’Brien (Professor of Developmental Psychiatry at the University of Northumbria and Northgate Hospital, Morpeth).

Lewis Rosenbloom (Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust, Liverpool, UK).

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"This book should be recommended reading for all those working with people with learning disabilities. Such an easy-to-read and comprehensive account of the subject is much needed." (The Journal of the International Psychogeriatrics, 2011)

 

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