Aging Well with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

May 4
10 AM
DPL Mezzanine 

Decorah Public Library is proud to announce the hosting of a special program titled “Aging Well with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” on May 4, 2024, at 10 AM. This one-hour educational session is designed to address the unique challenges faced by individuals aging with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). 

The program, led by Sydney Marshman, OTD, OTR/L, the founder of Happy at Home Consulting based in Des Moines, Iowa, will explore the intricate physical, mental, and social aspects of well-being in aging individuals with IDD. Attendees will gain insights into relevant health conditions, cognitive changes, and effective strategies to foster independence and improve the quality of life for these individuals. 

The session will cover the importance of home modifications and environmental supports, which play a crucial role in enhancing living conditions and accessibility. Participants will also learn about various avenues for accessing funding and resources essential for these vital adaptations. 

Sydney Marshman, an experienced occupational therapist, formed Happy at Home Consulting in 2020. The organization focuses on providing in-home outpatient therapy services across Iowa, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as consultative services. Happy at Home Consulting collaborates with organizations on fall prevention initiatives and other evidence-based programs.  

The program is funded by a mini grant from the ON TRAC project of University of Iowa’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD.) This project and these mini grants are funded by the Administration for Community Living’s Community Based Transition Grants. 

This program is a must-attend for caregivers, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about the nuances of aging with IDD. It’s an opportunity to understand more about creating supportive and adaptive environments that cater to the specific needs of this population. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Decorah Public Library at 563.382.3717. 

We look forward to welcoming you to an informative and impactful session. 

Decorah Public Library serves the community of Decorah, Iowa, with a mission to provide educational resources, encourage lifelong learning, and promote a love of reading. The library offers a diverse range of programs and services catering to all age groups and interests. 

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May 04 2024


10:00 am


Decorah Public Library Mezzanine
Second Floor


Zach Row-Heyveld
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