2019 NADRC: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia: Practical Strategies for Professionals

2019 NADRC
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia: Practical Strategies for Professionals

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia: Practical Strategies for Professionals provides background and strategies for professionals—from both the intellectual and developmental disability and aging communities—when working with individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and dementia. The guide is organized into 12 sections that address different aspects of identifying and providing services to individuals living with IDD and dementia or who are at risk of developing dementia. The guide also includes tools professionals can share with family caregivers or other caregivers who work with individuals living with IDD and dementia. In addition to strategies, each section includes resources that professionals and caregivers can consult for further information related to the specific section topic.

Key words: IDD, intellectual and developmental disability, Down syndrome, dementia, Alzheimer’s, assessment, communication, behavioral symptoms, environmental modifications, coordination of care, coordination of services, advance planning, decision making, family caregivers