By Christine Bigby
In response to the author's ten years' learn adventure and social paintings perform services, this pioneering consultant presents brand new expert wisdom approximately aging with a incapacity within the context of the extra mainstream wisdom approximately aging techniques. Dr Chris Bigby makes use of the idea that of 'successful growing older' as a framework during which to contemplate the problems and practicalities for older individuals with a pre-existing incapacity.
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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. Chapter 8 explores the relationships between older parents and their adult children with whom they live and examines the issues they confront in regard to continuing the current situation and thinking about the future. This provides the background to Chapter 9, which is concerned with provision of additional support to older parents.
Part 1, comprising Chapters 1 and 2, has a primary focus on theoretical perspectives. Chapter 1 provides a framework based on continuity and adaptation as the basis to consider aims and processes of successful ageing for people with a lifelong disability. Chapter 2 outlines the diverse groups of people ageing with a disability and provides a profile of the group on which the book is focused, people with an intellectual disability. The chapter considers the lack of knowledge about this group’s own perspectives on ageing and highlights the negative impact that ageism and negative stereotypical views of ageing have on older people with intellectual disability.
The chapter considers the dynamic nature of social networks as people age and strategies to support build new or maintain existing relationships. The starting point for Chapter 6 is the social expectations associated with retirement and a consideration of how older people in the general community spend their time. The debates about retirement and the types of day programs most suited to older people with intellectual disability are examined and the conclusion reached that the notion of lifestyle is more appropriate in thinking about how people make choices and organize their time.
Ageing With a Lifelong Disability: A Guide to Practice, Program and Policy Issues for Human Services Professionals by Christine Bigby