Health Promotion and Age-Related Changes in IDD

Health Promotion and Age-Related Changes in IDD 

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD, live longer lives than they used to. As a direct support professional, or DSP, you must understand how aging affects the people you support.

There is no way to predict exactly how a person’s body will respond to aging. Age-related changes depend on a combination of a person’s genes, lifestyle, and environment. However, some changes are a typical part of aging for many people. In this course, you will learn about these typical changes and how they affect an older adult’s support needs.

The goal of this course is to introduce DSPs in IDD service settings to age-related changes and health supports.


Hours: 0.75


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Course Details

Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Describe the physical effects of aging on people with IDD.
Describe strategies to support overall health for older adults with IDD.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Age-Related Changes


Hair, Skin, and Nail Changes

Bone, Muscle, and Joint Changes

Digestive Changes

Urinary Changes

Reproductive Changes

Circulation and Breathing Changes

Nervous System Changes

Sensory Changes



Section 3: Healthy Living for Older Adults

Meet Fred


Prevent Falls

Healthy Eating



Monitor Changes

Changes in Support Needs



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributors



Instructor: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP
Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 14 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, program director, and training facilitator. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to IDD services. Disclosure: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Elizabeth Veltri, BSN-RN, QIDP
Ms. Veltri received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has seven years of nursing experience working with older adults with IDD. She is a member of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices and advocates strongly for the well-being of older adults with IDD. She currently works as a Clinical Coordinator registered nurse in a retirement community for older adults with IDD. She also trains support staff members on medication practices and dementia support skills. Disclosure: Elizabeth Veltri, BSN-RN, QIDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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