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Retirement and Older Adults with Intellectual Disability

Authors: Wilson, N.J.; Stancliffe, R.J.; Bigby, C.; Balandin, S. and Craig, D.


There is little funding to support individuals with disabilities transition into retirement. By default, many programs send older people to day programs and force individuals to cater to the available services. This presentation goes through the main points of a study that develop a new model to help people transition into retirement.

The first part used focus groups to gather information from service staff, service users, and families. They gleaned from this information risks to the well-being of retirees: social isolation, social exclusion, poor health outcomes, and loneliness. In the second part, researchers explored alternatives, such as participating in volunteer work or community groups. They proposed a framework for an Active Mentoring Support Model, which would help the person find connection to the community and realization of retirement.

The model created involves the research team locating mainstream retirement groups in the community and asking them to mentor a person with disabilities into their group. Each retirement group took a slightly different approach to bringing the person with disabilities into their group. It appears that the person with disabilities would leave their Day Program for one or two days a week to attend the retirement program with a mentor who was already connected with the group.

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Name:Nathan Wilson
Organization:University of Sydney
Address:New South Wales 2006,

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