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

Authors: Christine Bigby

ISBN: 978-1-84310-077-5


This book is written by Christine Bigby, a person with extensive experience as both a social worker providing direct service and a researcher. In the book she introduces and builds on the concept of “successful ageing.” Here is further description from the publisher:

“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. Consideration is also given to working with older parental carers of adults with a lifelong disability to support preparation and planning for the transition from parental care.”

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Perspectives on Ageing
1. Successful Ageing: Continuity and Adaptation
2. Older People with Lifelong Disability: Strategies to Counter Age Discrimination
Part 1 Vignettes

Part 2: Physical and Psychological Needs
3. Healthy Ageing
4. Psychological Ageing and Emotional Well-being
Part 2 Vignettes

Part 3: Social Dimensions of Ageing
5. A Sense of Belonging: Informal Support from Family, Friends and Acquaintances
6. Achieving a Sense of Purpose: Retirement or Supporting Lifestyle Choices
7. Achieving a Sense of Continuity and Security: Housing and Support Options
Part 3 Vignettes

Part 4: Older Parental Carers of Adults with a Pre-existing Disability
8. Issues Confronting Older Parents Living with Adult Children
9. Working with Older Parents
Part 4 Vignettes

Part 5: Service Developments and Policies for Successful Ageing
10. Policies and Programmes for Successful Ageing

Taken from the publishers website on 3/31/10 (http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781843100775/contents/)

This book was reviewed by Tim Griffin in the Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. His comments were positive with the exception of some criticism about her lack of attention to government policy. Here are a few excerpts:

“This analysis soundly sets the scene for the two basic themes in the book; first, how older parental carers and middle‐aged adults with an intellectual disability can be supported to care and to plan and prepare for the transition from parental care; and secondly, how to ensure that people with a lifelong disability can age successfully. The book is directed especially to those professionals who are called upon to support both the family carers and the people with disabilities. Of special relevance is the book's focus on drawing together what are at times the disparate “silo” mentalities of professionals working in the separate health, aged care and disability sectors.”

“Bigby's concluding call for a greater recognition of the voices of people with an intellectual disability through wider evaluative research of what works well and what is lacking, possibly presages the need for a paradigm shift in the way disability policies are currently being developed in Australia. The top‐down hierarchical government‐led approach, often not based on any empirical evidence, will surely be found wanting as we grapple with the enormous complexities that this book eloquently addresses.”

(Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
2006 Vol. 31, No. 3, Pages 192-194 )

Contact Info:
Organization:Jessica Kingsley Publishers Inc.
Address:400 Market Street
Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA. 19106
Cost:$46.95 (publisher) paperback; £27.50

Web Links

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Home page for the publisher, Jessica Kingsley

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