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Older people with learning disabilities should get regular health checks, says NICE

 

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Older people with learning disabilities should get regular health checks, says NICE

NICE says people growing older with learning disabilities need to have annual health checks to help them manage conditions that can quickly affect them as they grow older.

New guidance from NICE, advises health and social care workers to help organise regular health assessments for older people with learning disabilities because they may find it difficult to express their needs and be heard.

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.