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By Christine Bigby

In accordance with the author's ten years' examine adventure and social paintings perform services, this pioneering advisor presents modern professional wisdom approximately growing old with a incapacity within the context of the extra mainstream wisdom approximately growing older techniques. Dr Chris Bigby makes use of the idea that of 'successful getting old' as a framework during which to contemplate the problems and practicalities for older individuals with a pre-existing incapacity.

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People with severe physical disability Severe physical disability may be present from birth, such as cerebral palsy, and in some instances is also associated with intellectual disability, or may be acquired during child or adulthood as a result of trauma, such as spinal cord injury. This group includes people who had polio in childhood and experience post-polio syndrome in later life. Many people with severe physical disability will not have cognitive impairments but require high levels of support with self-care, mobility and activities of everyday living.

The last section discusses individualized planning as a mechanism to counter stereotypical views, ascertain aspirations, organize supports and assist each older person to achieve a sense of significance. Chapters 3 and 4 make up Part 2 of the book and have as their focus achieving a sense of security, by understanding, responding and adapting to the physical and psychological needs of older people with intellectual disability. Chapter 3 discusses the high risk of poor health faced by older people with intellectual disability as a group and the specific issues that affect particular sub-groups.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities 2002) Charters of this kind, whilst providing a clear set of messages and directions forward for policymakers, cannot hope to cover the diverse situations of all older people with intellectual disabilities or all the eventualities and decisions that professionals confront. A more general set of principles and processes that can be applied to any situation is also necessary. Processes of successful ageing from diverse starting points Baltes and Baltes suggest an approach to successful ageing that shifts from a focus on meeting specific criteria to one of process – how do people age successfully?

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