By Christine Bigby
In keeping with the author's ten years' examine event and social paintings perform services, this pioneering consultant offers brand new professional wisdom approximately getting older with a incapacity within the context of the extra mainstream wisdom approximately getting old methods. Dr Chris Bigby makes use of the idea that of 'successful getting old' as a framework during which to contemplate the problems and practicalities for older individuals with a pre-existing incapacity.
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The theory locates the process of ageing in the context of an individual’s pre-existing levels of functioning and emphasizes the relationship between notions of success and the achievement of goals that are meaningful to that individual. It suggests that successful adaptation involved three core processes: greater selection of activity and function as physical capacity reduces; compensation for loss of either skill or function by internal and external adjustments; optimization, making the most of what you have, by engaging in behaviours and activities that maximize reserves and enrich life choices.
This silence makes it difficult to counter negative assumptions and means that the views of others, most predominantly service providers, policymakers and academics, dominate the agenda of successful ageing and the nature of support to achieve it. Current principles of equity, choice and self-determination, participation and inclusion, and human rights found in both Australian and UK policy reinforce the importance of providing mechanisms for garnering the views of people with intellectual disability of all ages and ensuring greater levels of participation and control by them in development and evaluation of policy and programs.
Early research on ageing people with intellectual disability used ages as young as 40 years to define entry into old age, although more generally the age of 55 years has been used. However, a trend is emerging, particularly in the UK literature, to counter the stereotype of premature ageing and adopt in relation to people with intellectual disability the more conventional age of 60 years used for the rest of the population (Grant 2001; Hogg and Lambe 2000). An offshoot of this may be the increased recognition and exploration of middle age as a life phase for people with intellectual disability.
Ageing With a Lifelong Disability: A Guide to Practice, Program and Policy Issues for Human Services Professionals by Christine Bigby