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Healthy and institutionalized: health and related conditions among older persons with developmental disabilities.

Authors
  • Anderson, D J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1989
Volume
8
Issue
2
Pages
228–241
Identifiers
PMID: 10293796
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The life expectancy of mentally retarded citizens has increased significantly in recent decades. At the same time, we have learned that this special population is nearly twice as likely as the general population to develop severe mental illness. These facts, coupled with the psychological and physiological changes that accompany aging in general, are increasingly challenging the mental health professionals of today. We provide an overview of mental retardation in the elderly, as well as the types, treatments, and attendant challenges of associated mental illness.

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