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Ambivalence among staff regarding ageing with intellectual disabilities: Experiences and reflections.

Authors
  • Alftberg, Åsa1
  • Johansson, Maria2
  • Ahlström, Gerd2
  • 1 Malmö University, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 2 5193Lund University, Sweden. , (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of intellectual disabilities : JOID
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2021
Volume
25
Issue
2
Pages
192–209
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1744629519874997
PMID: 31570036
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study explores the experiences and reflections of staff in intellectual disability (ID) services concerning ageing with ID. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 24 staff members in group homes and daily activity centres. The findings showed that the staff were uncertain about the signs of ageing in people with intellectual disabilities; they compared the life conditions of these people with conditions in older people without intellectual disabilities. Their emphasis on an active lifestyle was very strong. The staff members also mentioned uncertainty about how to facilitate assistive devices and whether 'ageing in place' was the best solution. The overall theme was manifested as ambivalence where notions of older people with intellectual disabilities seemed incompatible with notions of old age in general and could be explained by the theoretical concept of age coding. The findings of this study indicate the need to provide education about ageing to staff working in ID services.

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