By Christine Bigby
In accordance with the author's ten years' examine event and social paintings perform services, this pioneering advisor presents modern expert wisdom approximately aging with a incapacity within the context of the extra mainstream wisdom approximately growing older approaches. Dr Chris Bigby makes use of the idea that of 'successful growing old' as a framework during which to contemplate the problems and practicalities for older individuals with a pre-existing incapacity.
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This approach recognizes the myriad changes that occur as people age and the impact of multiple levels of the social context on people’s lives. It suggests that a central feature of successful ageing is adaptation to change that reflects individual choices and goals. This process rests on the use of individualized planning processes that firmly connect the individual in their context and relationships and assists in the identification and selection of individual goals and formulation of plans for adaptation of individual behaviour, physical and social environments and support in line with these.
Nor does being old necessarily change aspirations for a fulfilling life, the need for support to pursue one’s dreams or the principles that should guide the provision of support. When is a person old One stereotypical view is that people with intellectual disability age prematurely and thus a younger definition of an older person is warranted for them. Explanations for the evolution of this view are the widely acknowledged premature ageing processes experienced by people with Down’s syndrome and the use by researchers of younger definitions of an older person to ensure this group are not excluded from studies of ageing.
Approaches to individualized support A focus on tailoring services to individual needs as a prime objective in service delivery for both older people and those with a disability has evolved in the last 30 years (Baldock and Evers 1991). 6). Whilst many varieties and nomenclatures are found, the fundamental notions of case management and individual program plans have been the primary vehicles used to achieve more individualized packages of care and support. Assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring and review comprise the core compo- 54 / AGEING WITH A LIFELONG DISABILITY nents of these approaches for which an impressive array of techniques and tools have developed.
Ageing With a Lifelong Disability: A Guide to Practice, Program and Policy Issues for Human Services Professionals by Christine Bigby