May 25th, 2021 (1pm-2pm CDT)
Brain Health Across the Lifespan for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Lucille Esralew, PhD, NADD-CC, Office of Statewide Clinical Services, Clinical Services Branch for the California Department of Developmental Services
Overview. This webinar will present best practice and policies that can support healthy habits for brain health among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan (e.g., from early intervention through retirement). Dr. Esralew will discuss what we know about the trajectory of healthy brain aging for persons with IDD and how good brain health can help people realize their abilities and optimize their cognitive, emotional, psychological and behavioral functioning to cope with life situations. Considerations about aging with a disability and with dementia will be discussed. The use of the National Task Group–Early Detection Screen for Dementia (NTG-EDSD) as a brain health screen tool will be presented, along with using the EDSD as a tool to promote health and advocate for health to determine if signs and symptoms of change in brain health exist. Lastly, strategies to mitigate Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias (ADRDs) for people with IDD and their caregivers will be discussed through the six pillars of health (physical exercise, food and nutrition, medical health, sleep and relaxation, mental fitness, social interaction).