intellectual and developmental disabilities

Into a caregiving void: Family members fill crucial role providing long-term care

BY: - November 28, 2023

EDGEWOOD – Carol Colin didn’t ever think she would be a caregiver for her 68-year-old brother with disabilities and her 100-year-old mother.  But almost three years ago, her mother, who was diagnosed with macular degeneration two decades earlier, could no longer see well enough to pay bills or to drive. “I need help,” her mom […]

Ache of uncertainty: Aging parents caring for disabled adult children worry what’s next

BY: - November 27, 2023

OLYMPIA – Eighty-six-year-old Helga Teske thinks a lot these days about all the things she still wants to teach her son.  How to clean the two-bedroom house where they’ve lived for 45 years. How to take care of her garden, an 80-by-225-foot plot that she tends most days. How to cook – oats for breakfast, […]

‘A pragmatic, modest step’: Making the case for Washington’s new long-term care program

BY: - November 15, 2023

In Washington and across the U.S., the number of people in need of long-term care is on the rise as the population ages.  Seven out of 10 Americans will need this type of care – which can span weeks or years depending on the situation – at some point in their lifetimes, according to AARP. […]

As wildfires grow, poor, elderly disproportionately affected

BY: - October 5, 2023

This article was first published by the Oregon Capital Chronicle. People who are poor, older, suffer from disabilities or have unstable housing face a disproportionate threat from wildfires, a new study found. The research, published in the journal Science Advances, looked at areas hit by wildfires between 2000 and 2021. It found that nearly a half […]

A hard-to-build type of housing gets a state funding boost

BY: - May 22, 2023

When Stacy Dym thinks about housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, she often thinks of her sister who – like many others in the last four or five decades – used to live in a large facility with hundreds of other people.  In these institutions, residents often eat, sleep and recreate all at […]