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'A lot to give'

ELCA-affiliated Mosaic serves seniors with developmental disabilities

There's a growing need for senior care for people with developmental disabilities. Some 4.7 million people in the U.S. have mild to severe intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome — 2.8 million of whom live with family, according to a 2008 "State of the States in Developmental Disabilities" report by David Braddock at the University of Colorado.

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Gwen Palmer (right), who lives in a Mosaic group home in Des Moines, Iowa, looks at a photo album with staff member Donna Miller. In recent years, Palmer, who "used to never go out," has become more outgoing, even hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, Miller said, amazing "everyone, including her parents, with what she's accomplished, even as she's gotten older."

By 2030, more than 1.2 million will be 60 or older, according to Mosaic, an ELCA-affiliated social service provider. Based in Omaha, Neb., Mosaic provides group homes, day programming and other care for people with developmental disabilities in 13 states.

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