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.
|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."|
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