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NICE says people growing older with learning disabilities should get regular health checks

10/05/2018

Older person physioNew guidance from the National Institue for Health and Care Excellence says older people with learning disabilities are more likely to develop serious health problems such as, epilepsy or pneumonia.

They are more likely to die from these conditions because of late diagnosis. They may also find it hard to access health services because of hearing or sight problems.

Margaret Lally, chair of the guideline committee, said:

"Communicating symptoms is never easy but for people with learning disabilities it can be particularly difficult. Health problems such as hearing loss or dementia can easily be masked by someone's behaviour when they have a learning disability. As people grow older, we need to make sure that they are receiving regular health checks. This will allow continuous assessment and quick access to specialist services when necessary."

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