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

By Christine Bigby

In accordance with the author's 18 years' learn event and social paintings perform services, this pioneering advisor offers modern professional wisdom approximately growing older with a incapacity within the context of the extra mainstream wisdom approximately growing older approaches. Christine 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 lifelong Read more...

content material: disguise --
Contents --
checklist of Figures and Tables --
Foreword --
Acknowledgements --
half 1 views on getting older --
bankruptcy 1 winning growing old: Continuity and edition --
bankruptcy 2 Older individuals with Lifelong incapacity: innovations to Counter Age Discrimination --
half 1 Vignettes --
half 2 actual and mental wishes --
bankruptcy three fit getting older --
bankruptcy four mental ageing and Emotional health --
half 2 Vignettes --
half three Social Dimensions of getting old --
bankruptcy five a feeling of Belonging: casual aid from kinfolk, acquaintances and buddies --
bankruptcy 6 attaining a feeling of goal: Retirement or helping way of life offerings --
bankruptcy 7 attaining a feeling of Continuity and protection: Housing and aid innovations to let aging in position --
half three Vignettes --
half four Older Parental Carers of Adults with a Lifelong incapacity --
bankruptcy eight concerns Confronting Older mom and dad dwelling with their grownup youngsters --
bankruptcy nine operating with Older mom and dad --
half four Vignettes --
half five provider advancements and rules for profitable getting old --
bankruptcy 10 rules and courses for profitable growing old --
APPENDIX: Age-related organic adjustments and well-being dangers --
REFERENCES --
topic INDEX
summary: in response to the author's 18 years' study adventure and social paintings perform services, this pioneering advisor offers modern expert wisdom approximately growing old with a incapacity within the context of the extra mainstream wisdom approximately growing older procedures. Christine Bigby makes use of the concept that of 'successful growing older' as a framework during which to contemplate the problems and practicalities for older individuals with a lifelong incapacity. Bigby offers options for many of the demanding situations curious about the physiological, mental and sociological facets of growing older and proposes an built-in framework of provider improvement and coverage instructions for the implementation of those thoughts. specific concentration is given to way of life making plans, encompassing topics comparable to day-by-day job and rest, housing and aid, advocacy, case administration and health and wellbeing. attention is usually given to operating with older parental carers of adults with a lifelong incapacity to help instruction and making plans for the transition from parental care

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Health status and skills · As a group older people with intellectual disabilities have less severe disabilities than their younger counterparts and are more skilled in relation to adaptive behaviour and functional skills (Moss 1991). ° Older people with intellectual disability are more competent than at any other stage of their lives (Edgerton 1994). · As a group older adults with intellectual disability have rates of aged related conditions comparable or higher than the general population (Evenuhuis et al.

43 per cent of the population aged over 51 years. In the UK estimates fairly consistently suggest that older people make up about 12 per cent of the population with severe intellectual disability (DH 2001; Hogg and Lambe 2000), whilst in Australia, the proportion is generally smaller at around 6 per cent (Bigby 1999b). Thus in the UK the number of older people OLDER PEOPLE WITH LIFELONG DISABILITY: STRATEGIES TO COUNTER AGE… / 43 with intellectual disability was estimated to be 25,000 (DH 2001).

As in the example of the older parent, increased reliance can be placed on external supports rather than solely relying on the capacity of the ageing person. It also draws attention to individual choice and the ability of an older person to focus their capacity on the pursuit of specific goals rather than, as often occurs, adopting a more global approach that reduces or limits all opportunities or activities. This approach reinforces the importance of individuality or the sense of significance of each person; that each individual has their own characteristics, needs, wishes and aspirations and it is these which should be at the fore in supporting their adaptation to changes associated with ageing.

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