By Christine Bigby
In line with the author's ten years' examine event and social paintings perform services, this pioneering advisor offers brand new professional wisdom approximately growing older with a incapacity within the context of the extra mainstream wisdom approximately getting older approaches. Dr Chris Bigby makes use of the idea that of 'successful getting old' as a framework within which to contemplate the problems and practicalities for older individuals with a pre-existing incapacity.
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Studies identified that do involve people ageing with a physical disability are primarily concerned with health and residential support needs (Balandin and Morgan 1997; M. Cooper 1998; Gething 1999). This finding reflects the results of a Canadian review of all literature published between 1989 and 1995 on the topic of ageing with a pre-existing disability (Tremblay et al. 1997), which found that 44 per cent focused on people with intellectual disability, 11 per cent people with spinal cord injury, 7 per cent people with post-polio syndrome and 2 per cent people with cerebral palsy.
Disadvantage and discrimination · Older people with intellectual disabilities experience substantial discrimination on the basis of age (Walker and Walker 1998). ° Older people with intellectual disability are less likely to be resettled from institutions than their younger counterparts (Walker and Walker 1998). ° Staff have lower expectations of the potential for growth, development acquisition of skills and greater levels of independence of older people with intellectual disability compared to their younger counterparts (Walker and Walker 1998).
Refocusing on processes allows individual and contextual diversity as well as choice to be incorporated (Baltes and Baltes 1990; Baltes and Carstensen 1996). The theory of ‘selective optimisation with compensation’ proposed by these writers is concerned with the process of adapting to ageing, the minimization of losses and maximization of gains. The focus is on the selection and achievement SUCCESSFUL AGEING: CONTINUITY AND ADAPTATION / 31 of individual goals in the context of losses or change, physical, social and psychological, associated with the ageing process.
Ageing With a Lifelong Disability: A Guide to Practice, Program and Policy Issues for Human Services Professionals by Christine Bigby