Aging: The Growing Population of Elderly Essay

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I. Introduction
The purpose of this paper is to bring greater awareness of important aspects of the growing population of elderly – that is, people 65 years of age and older with a developmental disability. The US census projects that by the year 2030 the population of individuals aged 65 and over will reach approximately 73,000,000. This projection accounts for both males and females. More importantly, it also accounts for those with developmental disabilities. Because of the increase in life-expectancy it is not out of the realm of reality that people with develpmental disabilities work longer, thus, contributing more into the profit driven society, more importantly, making a relevant argument of their abilities and continued
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The care needed to assist the individual with DD may require physical abilities that the elderly parent is no longer capable of performing. In scenarios such as this, the physical deficit are felt by both the “normal” aging individual and by the aging individual with DD.
However, there are areas of strength that should be considered regarding the subgroup and those envolved within the group. For instance, there is a paradigm shift in which social workers have a proclivity toward commuity support organizations that also incorporates the concept of self-determination by way of person-centered planning (Lightfoot, 2006, p. 54). The shift from primary institution-based service providers to a community-based service providers is a strength because it allows for lowered cost for services as well as the opportunity for the client to be within immediate proximity of close family and friends. As a result, the close quarters permits for more visitation by family and close friends. This form of support is one of the concepts when intervening that supports the person-in-environment perspective; where as, the relationship between the individual and the environment, that is, how they mutually influence each other, determines an outcome (Green & McDermott, 2010). In this case, the family support may produce greater well-being of the individual.
Yet, even with the benefit of immediate social support that is available to the person with DD, there still are

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