The Clinical Characteristics of Aging Adults with Mental Retardation

Eli Carmeli, Raymond Coleman

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Medical advances are resulting in increasing longevity of persons with mental retardation. The greater numbers of mentally retarded individuals surviving into old age has resulted in the need for better understanding regarding their specific medical needs, and improved information about the aging processes in this group. It is still widely believed that there is a tendency for older adults with mental retardation to demonstrate premature signs of aging, characterized by physical changes in body composition, functional decline, and increased morbidity. Knowledge of specific age-related health risk factors associated with mental retardation can lead to enhanced prevention, early diagnosis of potentially damaging conditions, and appropriate treatment. Routine screening of physical characteristics and functional capabilities in elderly mentally retarded populations is important, in order to assess their specific medical status, and develop appropriate rehabilitative and psychotherapeutic programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-271
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Therapy Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2001 Maney Publishing.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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