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Ageing with a Lifelong Disability: A Guide to Practice, Program and Policy Issues for Human Services Professionals

by Christine Bigby Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 320 pages
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A commendable contribution in…uniting thinking and strategic planning, and also through providing empirical evidence to illustrate ways forward that have meaning for older people with disabilities, their families and front-line professionals.
– from the Foreword by Gordon Grant

Based on the author's ten years' research experience and social work practice expertise, this pioneering guide provides up to date specialist knowledge about ageing with a disability in the context of the more mainstream knowledge about ageing processes. Dr Chris Bigby uses the concept of 'successful ageing' as a framework in which to consider the issues and practicalities for older people with a pre-existing disability.

Bigby presents strategies for the various challenges involved in the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of ageing and proposes an integrated framework of service development and policy directions for the implementation of these strategies. Particular focus is given to lifestyle planning, encompassing subjects such as daily activity and leisure, housing and support, advocacy, case management and health; and to the issues faced by the ageing parents of people with pre-existing disabilities.

Foreword / Perspectives on Ageing / Successful Ageing: Continuity and Adaptation / Older People with Lifelong Disability: Strategies to Counter Age Discrimination / Physical and Psychological Needs / Healthy Ageing / Psychological Ageing and Emotional Well-being / Social Dimensions of Ageing / A Sense of Belonging: Informal Support from Family, Friends and Acquaintances / Achieving a Sense of Purpose: Retirement or Supporting Lifestyle Choices / Achieving a Sense of Continuity and Security: Housing and Support Options / Older Parental Carers of Adults with a Pre-existing Disability / Issues Confronting Older Parents Living with Adult Children / Working with Older Parents / Service Developments and Policies for Successful Ageing / Policies and Programmes for Successful Ageing / Appendix / References / Index.

Dr Christine Bigby is an experienced social work practitioner, researcher, teacher and policy development consultant who has specialised in the field of disability for the last 18 years. She is currently Senior Lecturer and Director of the Undergraduate Programme in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.