Subject: Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Neurodisability

Series: Mac Keith Press Practical Guides

Publication date: 01/01/2009

ISBN: 9781898683612

Edition: 1st

Pages: 132

Developmental Disability and Ageing

Gregory O'Brien, Lewis Rosenbloom (Editors)

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This handbook is aimed at clinicians and others who are engaged in caring for ageing adults with developmental disabilities. It is intended to inform understanding, promote assessment, assist in care planning, and especially to improve everyday living for this needy but sadly often neglected group of vulnerable individuals. The authors base their guidance on evidence, focusing on important insights that are likely to be valuable to the clinician interested in the care of the individuals on whose behalf the book has been prepared.

  • Highly practical guide for clinicians and others involved in the care of ageing adults with developmental disabilities
  • Boxes and summary tables present practical information concisely
  • Individual cases illustrate the text


Clinicians and others involved in caring for ageing adults with developmental disabilities.

A Practical Guide from Mac Keith Press

Gregory O'Brien
Gregory O'Brien

Dr O’Brien was Professor of Developmental Psychiatry at the University of Northumbria and Northgate Hospital, Morpeth.  He passed away in 2014.

Lewis Rosenbloom
Lewis Rosenbloom

Lewis Rosenbloom has been a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist since 1971. He holds an honorary appointment to the Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Foundation Trust UK. His special clinical, teaching and research interests are in paediatric neurodisability.

He has published widely on many aspects of cerebral palsy including feeding issues and life expectation in disabled people. 

Other books by Lewis Rosenbloom

List of Contributors ix

How to Use this Handbook xi

1 Overview: Development Disability and Ageing 1

Gregory O’Brien and Lewis Rosenbloom

2 Dementia in Developmental Disability 10

Mohammed Nagdee and Gregory O’Brien

3 Ageing in Down Syndrome 31

Tom Berney

4 Cerebral Palsy and Ageing 39

Gregory O’Brien, Alf Bass and Lewis Rosenbloom

5 Ageing in Other Syndromes 53

Marc Woodbury-Smith

6 Drug Treatment for Common Problems among Elderly People with

Developmental Disabilities (including Dementia) 72

Christopher Ince

7 Living with Ageing in Developmental Disability 90

Claire Middleton and Gregory O’Brien

References 115

Index 124

'This book provides an excellent overview of age-related conditions in people with intellectual and developmental disability and is a must read for all clinicians and others caring for ageing adults with developmental disability.' Kausik Chakrabarti, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 2010
'A handbook for practitioners and clinicians working with this population in a straightforward language and sound structure, which can be a good guide and help for care takers involved with the growing numbers of older people living into the third age.'

Joav Merrick, International Journal of Disability and Human Development, 2009

'Until recently, the concept of older people with developmental disabilities and other health problems was not widely entertained. This book is an easy-to-read, comprehensive and practical guide. It provides a rare insight into the physical as well as the mental health problems that this ageing population faces. It offers an expertly written and concise introduction to the range of psychiatric and physical health problems faced by older people with learning disability and an easy-to-follow structure, designed to fulfil needs across all health professions.'

Saadia Arshad, International Psychogeriatrics