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Healthy Ageing in People with Intellectual Disabilities from Managers' Perspective : A Qualitative Study

Johansson, Maria LU ; Björne, Petra; Runesson, Ingrid LU and Ahlström, Gerd LU (2017) In Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland) 5(3). p.1-14
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An increasing number of people with intellectual disability (ID) are reaching older ages today although they experience more health problems than the older population without ID. Leaders in intellectual disability services can greatly influence the conditions for a healthy ageing, and the aim of the present study was to explore healthy ageing in this group from the perspective of the leaders. Interviews with 20 leaders were subjected to qualitative content analysis. The findings gave rise to the overall theme ageing in dependence, which emerged from the following six categories: Supporting self-determination; Inaccessible activities after retirement; Signs of decline; Increased and specific needs for support and care; A non-question of... (More)

An increasing number of people with intellectual disability (ID) are reaching older ages today although they experience more health problems than the older population without ID. Leaders in intellectual disability services can greatly influence the conditions for a healthy ageing, and the aim of the present study was to explore healthy ageing in this group from the perspective of the leaders. Interviews with 20 leaders were subjected to qualitative content analysis. The findings gave rise to the overall theme ageing in dependence, which emerged from the following six categories: Supporting self-determination; Inaccessible activities after retirement; Signs of decline; Increased and specific needs for support and care; A non-question of gender; Aspects concerning the end of life and death. A prerequisite for healthy ageing in the case of people with ID is, according to the leaders, that they can live the life according to their preferences and make independent choices whilst at the same time receiving adequate support. With the shrinking of their social network after retirement, they become increasingly dependent on staff and leaders in the group home, who need to know what healthy ageing implies.

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  author       = {Johansson, Maria and Björne, Petra and Runesson, Ingrid and Ahlström, Gerd},
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  series       = {Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)},
  title        = {Healthy Ageing in People with Intellectual Disabilities from Managers' Perspective : A Qualitative Study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/healthcare5030045},
  volume       = {5},
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