Ageing With a Lifelong Disability: A Guide to Practice, by Christine Bigby

By Christine Bigby

In accordance with the author's ten years' study event and social paintings perform services, this pioneering advisor presents brand new professional wisdom approximately growing old with a incapacity within the context of the extra mainstream wisdom approximately ageing methods. Dr Chris Bigby makes use of the concept that of 'successful getting older' as a framework during which to contemplate the problems and practicalities for older individuals with a pre-existing incapacity.

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As a group older adults with intellectual disability have poorer health than their younger peers (Cooper 1997a). OLDER PEOPLE WITH LIFELONG DISABILITY: STRATEGIES TO COUNTER AGE… / 47 ° Older people with intellectual disability have lower levels of epilepsy than their younger counterparts and lower levels of incontinence, until the age of 80 years (Evenhuis et al. 2001). · As a group people with intellectual disability have high risk factors for ill health, particularly lifestyle related factors such as exercise and diet and socio-economic status (Rimmer 1997).

Drawing on key research findings these are sketched out below. The chapters that follow will further explore the meaning, significance and implications of these characteristics. 1 Projected number of people with intellectual disability aged 55 years in each Australian state from 2000 to 2020 and percentage change for five-year periods 68 39 92 148 89 62 55 51 % change 2000–2020 OLDER PEOPLE WITH LIFELONG DISABILITY: STRATEGIES TO COUNTER AGE… / 45 46 / AGEING WITH A LIFELONG DISABILITY Rates of ageing and life expectancy · As a group people with intellectual disability age at a similar rate to the general population, and have a slightly reduced life span compared to the general population.

The central concept is that of ageing in place; adapting a person’s home and support to their changing needs as they age rather than having to move house to achieve a different type of support. 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.

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