Adults with developmental disabilities and aging

Adults with developmental disabilities are living longer and are thought to age prematurely. This means that they may be accessing aging care services earlier. There is a need to better understand the health and health care needs of those with developmental disabilities who are aging.

Researchers in the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) program examined a sample of adults with developmental disabilities 18 to 99 years of age to better understand the health and health care needs of adults with developmental disabilities. In this Research Snapshot, we take a look at their findings.

H-CARDD Snapshots are brief, clear language summaries of research articles, presented in a user-friendly format. Read it here.

This research provides valuable evidence related to early onset of aging among adults with developmental disabilities. It should be used to advocate and plan for timely access to appropriate aging care services for this population.