presented by Cynthia N. Potter
Financial: Cynthia N. Potter receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
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Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT
Cindy Potter, PT, MS, DPT, has worked with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in many different practice settings, including early intervention, outpatient, preschool, school, community-based settings, and ICF/IDD facilities for 39 years. She earned a BS in biology and English writing from Allegheny College, an MS in health-related professions (developmental disabilities track)…Read full bio
1. Age-Related Health Conditions in Adults With I/DD: Premature Aging and Common Medical Conditions
This chapter will describe premature aging in adults with I/DD and describe common medical conditions that are more prevalent in those who are aging with a lifelong disability. The impact of obesity and lifelong differences in physical activity are described. Differences between those with severe and profound I/DD and those with lesser cognitive involvement will be discussed.
2. Age-Related Health Conditions in Adults With I/DD: Sensory, Cognitive, and Behavioral Considerations
Certain conditions are associated with aging in those with I/DD and are more prevalent in this population. This chapter will describe premature aging in adults with I/DD and describe these conditions which are related to aging with a lifelong disability. Differences between those with severe and profound I/DD and those with lesser cognitive involvement will be discussed.
3. Assessment of Physical Capabilities/Physical Fitness Tests
There is limited research on the feasibility of tools to measure physical activity and balance in adults with I/DD. Selection of appropriate evaluation tools is important to establish a reliable functional baseline and to track changes and treatment outcomes. This chapter will review the research on the tools that physical therapists can consider to measure physical activity and balance.
4. Fall Incidence and Prevention in Individuals With I/DD
Prevention of falls and associated mortality and morbidity is important as people age. This chapter describes specific factors associated with falls in those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and strategies for fall prevention.