Community Based Support Services For The Aged And People With Intellectual Disability

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Community Based Support Services for the Aged and People with Intellectual Disability Name of Student: Course: Course Instructor: Date: Community Based Support Services for the Aged and People with Intellectual Disability Introduction The probability of persons with intellectual disabilities being affected by health problems is higher than that of people without intellectual disability. In fact, certain conditions may be in relation to the aetiology of an individual’s cause of intellectual disability. As individuals age, the common ageing problems add to congenital disorders. As is general with older persons, there is higher prevalence in the older age groups for certain disorders including visual and hearing disorders, dementia, hypertension and affective disorders. Nevertheless, older age is not the only risk factor for people with disabilities to contract diseases. Those who have more severe levels of intellectual disability and those who have Down syndrome risk contracting chronic illnesses than those who experience milder levels of intellectual disability, as well as those who have intellectual disability that is from causes other than Down syndrome. There is need to ensure that frail aged people and those with intellectual disabilities are given access to health services including health promotion and support services that enhance the greatest possible healthy quality of life. This will depend on their
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