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Ageing people with a lifelong disability: challenges for the aged care and disability sectors

Bigby, Christine,

Academic Literature

2002

Australia is experiencing a rapid increase in people who are ageing with a lifelong disability. Using people with intellectual disability as an exemplar of those who are ageing with a lifelong disability, the paper analyses their location within and the services offered to them by the aged care and disability sectors in Australia.

The paper argues that neither sector adequately addresses the issues raised by the needs of this group. Directions for policy and service developments necessary to ensure that their needs are met. These are broadly categorised as; systematically bridging existing gaps with specialist services; supporting inclusion and ensuring older people with lifelong disability are visible within the aged care system; adapting and resourcing the disability sector to facilitate ageing in place; and developing partnerships and joint planning aimed at the removal of cross- and intra-sector obstacles to accessing appropriate services.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability

Location : International

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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