People with Down Syndrome have increased their life expectancy, but little is known about their aging process and what intellectual disabilities might arise with age. The Aura Vital program offers a care package tailored to the needs of people with this syndrome who, for health reasons and/or premature aging have had to give up their working life.
People with Down Syndrome have shown themselves to be perfectly capable of integrating into companies. However, once they reach adulthood, for health reasons or premature aging, they often find themselves having to take long-term sick leave and the vast majority do not have access to a pension. Owing to the lack of resources and programs to meet their needs, Fundación Aura rolled out its Aura Vital program, designed to meet the specific needs that arise in adulthood for people who have decided to take up the option of working in a normal company.
Those taking part in the Aura Vital program are people with Down Syndrome who have had to give up work either temporarily or permanently as a result of their particular circumstances. The program offers them support and assistance adapted to their needs through activities that help improve their physical and mental well-being and social skills. This process is different for each person, which is why greater self-reliance and personal independence is encouraged in order to promote an active and healthy aging process as well as improved quality of life.
The program has made a space available where the participants can keep active in order to get a bit better, a place in which cognitive stimulation activities and cultural, recreational, artistic and physical activities are carried out.
While there are relatively few studies on the cognitive, behavioral and emotional characteristics of adults with Down Syndrome, research has revealed that some of these adults can begin to deteriorate around approximately 40 years old and this brings about changes that affect them personally and socially. This program supports them and provides them with the tools to help them resume their activities and, if possible, to rejoin the working world.