- Learn from experts and researchers about current findings and information on aging and developmental disabilities.
- Learn about the key sectors who support older adults and seniors with developmental disabilities.
- Identify issues facing each of these sectors and their respective strengths to respond.
- Explore ways of working together.
The baby boom began shortly after World War ll. In 1995, early baby boomers were 50 years of age. Developmental service providers noticed that the support needs of people in their forties and fifties were changing because of the normal aging process. These changes were more dramatic among people with Down Syndrome due to the early and more prevalent onset of dementia. Reena, a leader in innovative service delivery, began to study the effects of aging among the older adults in its programs. In 1998, Reena submitted a proposal to Health Canada for a Symposium on Aging and Developmental Disabilities. The symposium would offer an opportunity for service providers, planning bodies and regulatory agencies in developmental services and long term care to learn more about the aging process and its potential impact on service delivery. In 1998, a Symposium Planning Committee was formed with representation from long term care, developmental services and the academic community. Funding from Health Canada and the work of the committee culminated in a symposium on June 21 1999. Its objectives were to: