Active ageing among older adults with lifelong intellectual disabilities : the role of familial and nonfamilial social networks

Buys, Laurie, Aird, Rosemary, & Miller, Evonne (2012) Active ageing among older adults with lifelong intellectual disabilities : the role of familial and nonfamilial social networks. Families in Society : The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 93(1), pp. 55-64.

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Abstract

Little research has examined the extent to which active ageing is facilitated by family and nonfamilial support persons of older adults with intellectual disabilities. This study explores the role played by key unpaid carers/support persons of older adults with lifelong intellectual disabilities in facilitating "active ageing." Little research has examined the extent to which active ageing is facilitated by family and nonfamilial support persons of older adults with intellectual disabilities. This study explores the role played by key unpaid carers/support persons of older adults with lifelong intellectual disabilities in facilitating “active ageing.” All key social network members conceived active ageing to mean ongoing activity. Family and extended family members were found to play a crucial role in facilitating independent living and providing opportunities for recreational pursuits for those living in group homes. Members of religious organizations and group home staff provided the same types of opportunities where family support was absent. The findings suggest the need for improvements in resource provision, staff training, and group home policy and building design.

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ID Code: 53076
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ageing, Intellectual Disability, Family Networks, Social Networks
DOI: 10.1606/1044-3894.4179
ISSN: 1044-3894
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aged Health Care (111702)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Care for Disabled (111703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright ©2012 Alliance for Children and Families
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2013 01:11
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2013 04:34

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