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Older Adults With Intellectual Disabilities As A Special Vulnerable Group

Sanja Zgonec
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Slovenia

Jana Goriup
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Slovenia

In the field of elderly people with mental disorder we encounter two important elements, each of which often leads to discrimination and stigmatization, let alone in combination with each other. With this in mind, it is necessary to draw attention to their rights, to ensure their realization and empowerment at all stages of life. As we speak of a group of people, who are particularly at risk this requires different approaches than the general elderly population. These people often need support in activities that are completely self-evident for a healthy population, such as daily activities, decision making, planning, healthy living and nutrition, hygiene, communication, participation in society, ect. – through whole lifespan and specially at older age. The World Health Organization (WHO) points out that despite the extended life expectancy of people with intellectual disabilities, the latter are still considered a devalued class and therefore are deprived of access to social and health services.

 

 


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