RIC Event: Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) as they Age

Event Start Date: December 18, 2019 - 5:30 PM EDT
Event End Date: December 18, 2019 - 6:45 PM EDT



This webinar is also available as a podcast on SoundCloud and iTunes.


Nationally, the number of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) over the age of 60 is steadily increasing and by 2030, the number of adults with I/DD aged 60 and older is projected to reach 1.2 million people.1 The physical, cognitive, functional, and behavioral changes that are associated with the aging process typically manifest earlier and in different ways for individuals living with I/DD.2 These differences may raise unique challenges for clinicians, health plans, and providers who are engaged with individuals with I/DD and their families and caregivers. As a result, there are emerging opportunities for health plans and providers to support aging individuals with I/DD and their families and caregivers through comprehensive, integrated care that addresses the needs of the whole person across the life span.

Speakers share lessons learned and strategies for providing care for dually eligible individuals with I/DD across the lifespan. By the end of this interactive webinar, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the physical, cognitive, and behavioral changes typical of the aging process, and how these changes may manifest for someone with I/DD
  2. Identify key supports families, health plans, providers and individuals with I/DD may need to manage these types of changes across the life span
  3. Describe an integrated approach health plans can utilize to respond to the needs of individuals with I/DD as they age

Featured Speakers:

  • Gerard Kerins, MPA, FACP, MD, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Michelle Reynolds, PhD, University of Missouri Kansas City, Director of Individual Advocacy and Family Support, UMKC Institute for Human Development
  • Debbie Pfeifer, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Administrator, Aetna Better Health of Kansas
  • Callie Simmons, Service Coordinator, Aetna Better Health of Kansas
  • Sharon Spurlock, Director of Family Supports, St. Louis Arc

Intended Audience:

This webinar is intended for a wide range of stakeholders – health plan leaders, primary care providers, social workers, care coordinators, case managers, caregivers, and organizations that provide services for dually eligible beneficiaries with I/DD.


Webinar Slides

Webinar Transcript

Q&A Document

1 Heller, T. et al (2010). Impact: Feature Issue on Aging and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 23(1). U. of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Retrieved from https://publications.ici.umn.edu/impact/23-1/cover.

2 Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDSO) in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, E.K. Shriver Center (May 2017). Aging with Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD), 1(17). Retrieved from https://shriver.umassmed.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/QINA-Aging-with-IDD-finalv2-taggged.pdf.