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Feb. 25, 2013IA |  By: INS

Iowa's Aging

No one has any firm information on the number of Iowans with developmental disabilities who are currently living with elderly parents as caregivers, but as the state’s population ages, Joe Sample with the Iowa Department of Aging says a potential problem is arising.

What happens to those people when their caregivers die?

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Sample says advocates for people with disabilities are already making plans by helping these families make plans for the future.

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Sample says thanks to better health care over the years, people with developmental disabilities are also living longer which means they will require additional care longer.