Plan for getting older

Ages 22-40

  • Start planning for how you can best use the adult health and social services available to you. It is important be prepared and plan ahead.

For parents and caregivers

  • As parents and caregivers of people with developmental disabilities age, your planning needs to change. Some issues that become more important as parents age include financial security and social supports for their loved one after parents/supporters pass away, as well as housing needs.

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For parents and caregivers

Ages 41 and over

  • As you get older you may notice changes with your health and support needs. Make a plan ahead of time so that you can prepare for changes.
  • It is important to keep track of any changes in your health and support needs.
  • You can have someone help you keep track of your healthcare appointments and assessments.
  • One important thing that people with developmental disabilities should screen for is dementia.
  • You can have someone who cares for you start checking you when you turn 50 years old.
  • Depending on the developmental disability that you have you may need to start checking for signs of dementia when you turn 40 years old. One example is Down Syndrome.

For parents and caregivers

  • As parents and caregivers of people with developmental disabilities age, your planning needs to change. Some issues that become more important as parents age include financial security and social supports for their loved one after parents/supporters pass away, as well as housing needs.

Suggested Resources

For parents and caregivers