A memory clinic for older people with intellectual disabilities.

Aging & mental health

PubMedID: 14578002

Hassiotis A, Strydom A, Allen K, Walker Z. A memory clinic for older people with intellectual disabilities. Aging Ment Health. 2003;7(6):418-23.
Cognitive decline in older people with intellectual disabilities (ID) is often under-recognized. Following the publication of the National Service Framework for Older People and the white paper Valuing People, older people with intellectual disabilities of all aetiologies should have access to a systematic assessment of their cognitive function in order to detect decline in cognition and adaptive skills and implement appropriate treatments as early as possible. The development of a memory clinic for older people with ID is described, including instruments used and characteristics of attendees. Such projects are in line with current UK government policies and can contribute to the improvement of standards of care and support research in this vulnerable group of people.