General Effects of Aging on Persons with Developmental Disabilities

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Abstract

The major research data and findings related to aging in the general population, as well as aging among persons with developmental disabilities, are discussed. Topics addressed include definitions of developmental disabilities and prevalence and mortality rates, as well as the effects of aging on the senses, the neuromusculoskeletal system, and the cardiopulmonary system. Discussions are also included on the clinical implications of these changes in the aging individual with a developmental disability.

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