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Aging with a Disability

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For the first time in history, millions of people with major disabling conditions are living into their 60s, 70s and 80s. According to the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with a Disability, "Recent research has revealed that the majority of persons aging with a disability will experience a multitude of premature medical, functional and psychosocial problems as they age. These problems result in the average 50 year-old person with a long-term disability being similar to a typical 70 year-old person." These web sites focus on issues that individuals with disabilities face as they become older.
 ARC Fact Sheets
Fact sheets from The Arc, a national organization for people with mental retardation and their families.
 Aging, Mental Retardation and Physical Fitness
 Aging With Developmental Disabilities: Changes in Vision
 Aging with Developmental Disabilities: Women's Health Issues
 Hearing Changes in Aging People with Mental Retardation
 Center for Aging Persons with Developmental Disabilities (CAPDD)
Part of the Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities (ISDD) at Indiana University, the Center addresses the needs and issues associated with aging in people with developmental disabilities through research, training, and outreach. Its home page provides information about the organization.
 Health, Wellness and Aging with Disability
An extensive annotated guide to on- and off-line resources, compiled by disability policy consultant June Isaacson Kailes. Topics covered include active health care consumer strategies, aging well with disability, assistive technology, brain Injury, cerebral palsy, complimentary approaches, developmental disabilities, exercise, health information online, home modifications, managed care, multiple chemical sensitivity, polio, self-help, spinal cord injury, and women's issues.
 Meeting the Challenges of Aging with a Disability; Lessons Learned from Post Polio and Stroke
The proceedings of a 1993 conference sponsored by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging in conjunction with Southern California Post Polio Network Stroke Association of Southern California and International Polio Network.
 Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Aging
Based at the University at Buffalo, Center for Assistive Technology, the Center provides research, device development, education, and information relating to assistive technology for older persons with disabilities. Its web site provides information about the organization and its publications.
 Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Aging with a Disability
A collaborative effort of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Irvine, this federally funded center conducts research, trains health care professionals, researchers and consumers, and disseminates information about aging with a disability. Its web site includes information about the center and its research projects and training activities, information about job accommodation, fact sheets, and related links.
 Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Aging with Mental Retardation
Part of the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois, the Center is a federally funded resource for researchers, planners, providers, self-advocates, families and students in the field of aging and mental retardation. Its web site provides information about the Center's publications, research projects, and activities, and related links.
Additional Resources: Some General Sites on Aging
 American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
 GeroWeb Virtual Library on Aging
 Kansas Elder Law Network
 National Association of Professioinal Geriatric Care Managers
 Senior Sites (housing & services)
 U.S. Administration on Aging (AOA)
 U.S. Administration on Aging - Web Sites on Aging
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