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Changing Existing Services for Older People with an Intellectual Disability

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This paper considers the implications of a national study of older people with an intellectual disability in Australia conducted in 1993. It addresses the issues raised under seven headings: the status of older people, their health and well being, individual differences within a target population, issues of normalisation/SRV, choice and decision making, and the potential for increased pressure on services by a growing older population. The authors argue that education of people with a disability and education of the community is important if the lives of future generations are to be different. They encourage the use of generic services (using the knowledge and expertise of disability specific services) in order to provide older people with intellectual disability with experiences that are culturally normative. Keyword: Aging

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Author
Ashman, A.F. & Suttie, J.
Source
Australia & New Zealand Journal of Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 20, No. 3
Publisher
ASSID
Publication Date
1 January 1995
Category
Professionals
Keywords
Aging
Origin
Australia

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