Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

State and Community Forum: Aging, Dementia, and Developmental Disabilities

Updated on 1/13/2014 2:40:00 PM.

Friday, February 7, 2014

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Forum will provide helpful information to individuals with developmental disabilities and families, direct support providers, clinicians, program staff and administrators, and public policy makers concerned about adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are at risk of or who are experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

The program will include:

· Overview of Aging and Dementia and Program Options

· Treating Dementia in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

· Screening, Assessment, and Diagnosis

· Social Care Issues and Strategies

· Panel and Small Group Discussions

Keynote speaker Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D., is research professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and serves as director for technical assistance for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health at the University. Formerly, he was director for aging and special populations for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Currently, he is leading a study of specialized group homes designed for dementia related care of adult with intellectual disabilities. He was the principal investigator of studies examining how community agencies provide community supports to adults with intellectual disabilities affected by Alzheimer’s disease and how families are aided by community agencies in supporting adults with Down syndrome affected by Alzheimer’s disease. He was also the project director of an effort that provided the World Health Organization with a series of background reports on promoting longevity among adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the world. Currently he serves as the co-chair of the US National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices and is the founding editor of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

To learn more and to register, visit: Aging, Dementia, and Developmental Disabilities: A State and Community Forum

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