By Christine Bigby
In keeping with the author's ten years' learn event and social paintings perform services, this pioneering advisor offers brand new expert wisdom approximately growing older with a incapacity within the context of the extra mainstream wisdom approximately growing older methods. Dr Chris Bigby makes use of the idea that of 'successful growing old' as a framework within which to contemplate the problems and practicalities for older individuals with a pre-existing incapacity.
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Edgerton’s study also pointed to the importance of acquaintances to the identity of older people, their security, sense of belonging and being recognized in their environment. Several studies have sought the views of older people about retirement and later life activities (Ashman, Suttie and Bramley 1995; Bigby et al. 2001; Hand and Reid 1989; Sutton, Sterns and Schwartz 1991) or more specifically views on ageing (Erickson, Krauss and Seltzer 1989). These point to an active conception of ageing by people with intellectual disability, where few can imagine doing nothing and many are in fact fearful of retirement and its expected implication in terms of loss of meaningful activity, social contact and friendships.
These are discussed in Chapters 8 and 9, but again reinforce the disparity between service users and service providers and magnify the importance of taking the perspectives of the user into account in designing and providing support. OLDER PEOPLE WITH LIFELONG DISABILITY: STRATEGIES TO COUNTER AGE… / 53 Countering discrimination through an individualized approach Ageism is: a matrix of beliefs and attitudes which legitimates the use of age as a means of identifying a particular social group, which portrays the members of that group in negative, stereotypical terms and which consequently generates and reinforces a fear of the ageing process and a denigration of older people.
Unbalanced research focus on intellectual disability The results of an extensive international literature search show quite clearly that research, policy and service developments for older people with disabilities focus on those with intellectual or developmental disabilities (Bigby et al. 2001). Studies identified that do involve people ageing with a physical disability are primarily concerned with health and residential support needs (Balandin and Morgan 1997; M. Cooper 1998; Gething 1999). This finding reflects the results of a Canadian review of all literature published between 1989 and 1995 on the topic of ageing with a pre-existing disability (Tremblay et al.
Ageing With a Lifelong Disability: A Guide to Practice, Program and Policy Issues for Human Services Professionals by Christine Bigby