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Title: It's different in the country: Supporting ageing-in-place for people with intellectual disabilities
Contributor(s): Hussain, Rafat (author); Parmenter, Trevor (author); Knox, Marie (author); Janicki, Matthew (author); Leggatt-Cook, Chez (author); Wark, Stuart (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1111/jppi.12029
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/13302
Abstract: Background: Dramatic improvements in life expectancy have led to a large cohort of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) who are ageing. To date, there is limited comparative research across metropolitan and rural regions with respect to understanding issues faced by ageing individuals with disabilities and their carers. Method: The purpose of the current study was to explore key dimensions that enable or impede ageing-in-place options in metropolitan and rural regions. This included understanding the complex range of issues in healthy ageing and the interplay of health, social and support factors. This project utilised a mixed-methods study design aligned with principles of inclusive research. The study consists of 2 distinct stages: Stage A saw semi-structured interviews undertaken with individuals with ID and their carers. The sample comprised of participants who lived in the community and those who had moved to residential care facilities. The focus of these interviews was to assess the "enablers and impediments" to successful ageing-in-place for people with ID. Stage B was a semi-structured survey of health professionals. The questionnaire covered information on demographics, training and training needs (both pre-service and in-service), knowledge on issues ranging from disability, ageing, bereavement, as well as mental and emotional well-being. Results: Preliminary findings of the research detail the factors that have supported or hindered successful ageing-in-place for people with ID. There were key similarities and differences for individuals residing in rural and metropolitan areas. Conclusions: As the life expectancy of people with ID continues to rise, there is an increasing need for support models that meet individual needs. Models need to be based upon information gained from inclusive research to ensure the complex needs are appropriately addressed in both rural and metropolitan localities.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 3rd International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Asia-Pacific Conference, Toyko, Japan, 22nd - 24th August, 2013
Source of Publication: Abstracts of the 3rd IASSIDD Asia-Pacific Conference, p. 130-130
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1741-1122
Field of Research (FOR): 111703 Care for Disabled
111714 Mental Health
111702 Aged Health Care
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
Series Name: Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
Series Number : Volume 10, Issue 2
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