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Issues of active ageing: Perceptions of older people with lifelong intellectual disability

Buys, L., Boulton-Lewis, G., Tedman-Jones, J., Edwards, H., Knox, M., Bigby, C.

Academic Literature

2008

The study aimed to investigate the lived experiences of older people with lifelong intellectual disability and to explore the meaning of active ageing for this group.

Data were collected using semi-structured interviews with users, service providers and key informational network members.

The results suggested that service users wanted to ‘keep on keeping-on’ in areas of life that gave them pleasure rather than discontinuing them because of age. They wanted more control over issues affecting their lives and to be given meaningful roles. Mental stimulation, companionship, reliable support and safety were valued by this group.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Australasian Journal on Ageing

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation, Social relationships

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