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Another minority group: use of aged care day programs and community leisure services by older people with lifelong disability

Bigby, Christine, Balandin, Susan,

Academic Literature

2005

This study examined the extent to which programs available to the general aged community are accessible to older people with lifelong disability.

Forty Victorian generic aged day activity and community leisure programs used by older people responded to a survey that sought information on the extent to which such services are used by older people with a lifelong disability. More than half of these services are accessed by a small number of people with lifelong disability and overall there was a willingness to include this group in generic services. Barriers and solutions to successful generic service use were reported.

The findings indicate that the issues for people with lifelong disability differ little from those of other minority groups. It is proposed that disability services have a role in brokering services for their older clients, and continued planning and collaboration between disability and aged services will benefit all older people.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Australasian Journal on Ageing

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation, Health and wellbeing

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