cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, Down syndrome, intellectual disability



  1. Long, Toby PT, PhD
  2. Kavarian, Sarkis


Because of advances in healthcare, individuals with developmental disabilities have a longer life expectancy than ever before. Increasing attention is being placed on this growing population of individuals throughout all aspects of the healthcare system including, medicine, rehabilitation, and social services. This article will review the demographic trends seen in this population, the effects of aging on individuals with disabilities, and contemporary practices that hold promise to diminish the negative consequences of aging and promote the individual's continued participation in the community.