Older Americans Month: Helping People with Disabilities Who Are “Aging My Way”

May is Older Americans Month and the theme for this year is Aging My Way – which explores the many ways that older adults with and without disabilities can continue to live independently and participate in their communities. As people with disabilities grow older, they may develop age-related disabilities, such as vision or hearing loss or dementia, among others – just as their peers without disabilities may also age into disabilities. There are many interventions, assistive technologies, services, and supports that can help older adults with and without disabilities age in place and continue to participate in their communities.

NIDILRR supports people with disabilities to age in place by funding projects that investigate and develop assistive technologies, interventions, services, supports, and more. Some of these projects focus on understanding disability across the lifespan, the impact of aging on disability, and key factors in healthy aging with disabilities.  Below are just some of the NIDILRR-funded projects that highlight the diverse research supporting people with disabilities as they age in place:

Research from the NIDILRR community has explored many facets of aging in place. NARIC’s Research In Focus series has highlighted many of their studies exploring topics such as aging and retiring for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, social supports, psychosocial challenges, and more. Below are just a few examples:

Interested in learning more about making your home fit your needs as you age with and into disability? NARIC’s FAQ on resources and information for adapting your home is a great place to start. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health provides information, research, resources and more about aging, including resources in Spanish. NIA’s weekly e-alerts provide a wealth of information in English and Spanish on healthy aging, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, caregiving tips and resources, and more.

Are you looking for information and resources in your area to help you age in place? Contact NARIC’s information specialists via chat, telephone, or email to get the information that you need.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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