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“Having the Time of My Life”: An Exploratory Study of Women With Intellectual Disability Growing Older

Dew, A., Llewellyn, G., Gorman, J.,

Academic Literature

2006

In this paper we report on an exploratory study with a group of 13 older women with intellectual disability in Sydney, Australia, to add to the limited knowledge about how they perceive their lives as they grow older. We report the findings from the qualitative data gathered as an extension of a structured interviewing process. Analysis revealed five themes: “it's just who I am,” “enjoying support from family and friends,” “being part of the community,” “feeling healthy,” and having “enough money to buy what I need.” We discuss these themes in relation to the concept of resilience. Overall, the women we talked with were ageing well, with meaningful, productive, and sustainable lives.

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Journal/Publication : Health Care for Women International

Location : International

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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