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Comparative Program Options for Aging People with Intellectual Disabilities

Bigby, Christine,

Academic Literature


Australia has no formal retirement policies for people who use disability day-support services and older people with disabilities participate in a range of different types of age-specific and age-integrated programs. This study compared different models of day-support programs used by older people with intellectual disabilities.

All programs studied gave more emphasis to choice, social networks, and participation than they did to skill maintenance, self-expression, and healthy lifestyle promotion. Implementation of program objectives, however, was variable reflecting different interpretations of these concepts. Traditional age-integrated day programs and newer brokerage models both demonstrated the capacity to deliver services tailored to the individual needs of older participants, and had the advantage of not restricting choice due to age or reinforcing age-related stereotypes.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities

Location : International

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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