The World Health Organisation takes an inclusive view that "health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity", recognising that, across the world, older adults with learning disabilities, including severe and profound impairments are at risk of being disregarded and marginalised. The WHO report "Healthy Aging - Adults with Intellectual Disabilities" stresses the importance of occupational opportunities and inclusion in community life.
The challenges of aging, such as deteriorating health conditions, social isolation, loss of loved ones and life transitions effect all of us but for those people with lifelong disabilities, these can impact lives at an earlier stage.
There is a growing body of evidence that indicates the positive health benefits that can be felt from engaging with arts activities, including improved social connections, better mental health and increased self-esteem. Heidi Raschke explains further in her article, "Whom Do Arts Benefit Most? Older Adults", click here to read more.
Founder of Create Ability