February 20, 2020

IDEAL RRTC Webinar Series: Aging with Cerebral Palsy

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Webinar Summary

Adults with Cerebral Palsy experience high rates of secondary conditions and negative health outcomes. The February 20, 2020 webinar reviewed recent research about the types of conditions they are at increased risk for and provide practical steps that patients, their advocates and their healthcare providers can take to manage health and optimize the aging process. Panelists included IDEAL RRTC faculty member Mark Peterson, Ph.D. and Heidi Haapala, M.D., clinical assistant professor in the department of physical medicine & rehabilitation. You can download the IDEAL RRTC Webinar Resources supplemental file as a PDF.



Dr. Mark Peterson is an Associate Professor in University of Michigan (UM) PMR and an active member in the UM Neuroscience Graduate Program, IHPI, Michigan Center of the Demography of Aging, and the Michigan Institutes for Data Science. Dr. Peterson is an IDEAL RRTC co-investigator, who works with fellow co-investigator Elham Mahmoudi to explore the interactions between personal and environmental factors that promote or inhibit healthy aging of individuals with long-term physical disabilities. Together, they lead analysis of several national longitudinal databases to explore the Identification of Protective Factors in Healthy Aging with Disabilities.

Dr. Heidi Haapala is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Michigan Medical, University of Michigan. She is also on staff as an Attending Physician with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


About the Webinar Series

This research event is organized by ICPSR, the IDEAL RRTC, and the Arc. ICPSR is the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, and as an organization, it maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and serving them and their families. 

The IDEAL RRTC is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR #90RTHF0001). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.