Little formal research exists for the aging adult FASD population but we know from practical experience that managing health care concerns require additional support.  People with FASD may not understand what a health care practitioner says and may not remember appointments.  Many people with FASD may not realize they are ill, or identify pain, because of damage to the central nervous system.  FASD can be the cause of many physical limitations including skeletal or organic problems.

While FASD remains the leading cause of preventable mental retardation in the world, the real-life effects of FASD are usually a combination of:
  • Impaired adaptive scales (even when IQ is above 70),
  • unreliable memory (long/short term, visual/auditory),
  • poor communication skills
  • inability to generate solutions even if problem is repeating itself
  • inability to follow through
  • often co-diagnosed with ADHD so impulsivity intrudes upon intention
  • impaired executive functions,
  • inflexibility of thought,
  • confounded by abstract concepts, cannot reliably interpret social cues or risk
Receiving a diagnosis and sharing the information with social or health care workers can build support within communities.  Sharing information about this physical disability can reduce the stigma it carries and perhaps that will help everyone in the future.  Having FASD properly identified respects the individual.