By Christine Bigby
In keeping with the author's ten years' study event and social paintings perform services, this pioneering advisor offers modern expert wisdom approximately getting older with a incapacity within the context of the extra mainstream wisdom approximately aging tactics. Dr Chris Bigby makes use of the idea that of 'successful growing old' as a framework during which to contemplate the problems and practicalities for older individuals with a pre-existing incapacity.
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The breadth of possible housing and support options for older people with intellectual disability with a particular focus on two subgroups: middle-aged people living with parents who have to make the transition from parental support and possibly also the family home when parents die; and ageing people living in shared, supported accommodation whose need for help with tasks of everyday living and healthcare may increase with age. A switch to the other set of issues dealt with in the book occurs in Part 4, which is concerned with older parental carers who will be outlived by their middle-aged adult children with intellectual disability who reside with them.
48 / AGEING WITH A LIFELONG DISABILITY Lifestyle and accommodation support · As a group older people with intellectual disability are less likely to be employed or attend a day program than their younger counterparts (Walker, Walker and Ryan 1996). ° Older people with intellectual disability are less likely to have opportunities for meaningful leisure activities than their younger counterparts (Walker et al. 1996). ° A high proportion of older people with intellectual disability who attend day programs attend age integrated segregated specialist disability programs (Ashman et al.
Early research on ageing people with intellectual disability used ages as young as 40 years to define entry into old age, although more generally the age of 55 years has been used. However, a trend is emerging, particularly in the UK literature, to counter the stereotype of premature ageing and adopt in relation to people with intellectual disability the more conventional age of 60 years used for the rest of the population (Grant 2001; Hogg and Lambe 2000). An offshoot of this may be the increased recognition and exploration of middle age as a life phase for people with intellectual disability.
Ageing With a Lifelong Disability: A Guide to Practice, Program and Policy Issues for Human Services Professionals by Christine Bigby