People with learning disabilities are living longer. It is estimated that by 2030, there will be a 30%increase in the number of adults with learning
disabilities aged 50+ using social care services.
Older people with learning disabilities tell us that they value the opportunity to speak for themselves and it is important that services continue to invest in self advocacy as people age. It is also important to invest in support and advocacy services for older families as they are often isolated and vulnerable and need support to plan for the future (Ward 2012 https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/perspectives-ageing-learning-disability
The GOLD programme ( Growing old with a learning disability)
Supporting older people with learning disabilities: a toolkit for health and social care commissioners