Trends in the number of persons with Down syndrome in residential care in Israel 1998-2004

Joav Merrick, Efrat Merrick, Mohammed Morad, Joav Merrick, Isack Kandle, Mohammed Morad

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Abstract

Life expectancy for persons with Down syndrome has increased over the past 100 years and today is around 60 years of age. Improvement in health care and especially a change toward a more positive attitude to this population has resulted in this trend. This study was conduted to leam about the population of persons with Down syndrome in residential care in Israel. An analysis of annual questionnaires sent to the medical clinics in all residential care centers for the 1998-2004 revealed that the population has been relatively stable over the years with around 500 to 600 persons or about 9% of the total population in residential care. The annual questionnaire did not provide details about the Down syndrome population besides its numbers and we therefore recommend further study of this population in more detail to leam howto keep this population healthy with a good quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-398
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006

Keywords

  • Down syndrome
  • Israel
  • developmental disability
  • intellectual disability
  • long-term car
  • mental retardation
  • residential care

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