Ageing with an intellectual disability

the impact of personal resources on well-being

B. A. Lehmann*, A. E. R. Bos, M. Rijken, M. Cardol, G. -J. Y. Peters, G. Kok, L. M. G. Curfs

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Abstract

Background  The population of ageing people with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities (ID) is growing rapidly. This study examines how personal resources (physical health, mental health and social networks) impact the well‐being of ageing people with ID.

Methods  Longitudinal survey data on 667 people with a mild or moderate ID were acquired via interviews in 2006 and 2010. Indicators of personal resources (physical health, mental health and social networks) were assessed, as were indicators of well‐being (satisfaction with life, happiness and loneliness). Additionally, data on background characteristics and autonomy were gathered.

Results  The results show that age is positively related to decreased mobility and auditory disabilities and negatively related to independent living, autonomy in how one spends one's leisure time and autonomy in decision‐making. Longitudinal analyses demonstrated that, with the exception of health that deteriorated, and social satisfaction that improved, almost all variables remained stable over the 4‐year period. Further, good physical health in 2006 predicted happiness in 2010.

Conclusion  Despite the fact that age is associated with poorer physical and mental health and a smaller social network, this study showed that older people with ID have relatively high levels of well‐being. Findings are discussed in the light of coping with ageing and impact of life events.

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01607.x
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1068-1078
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume57
Issue number11
Early online date14 Sep 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Keywords

  • ageing
  • intellectual disability
  • mental health
  • physical health
  • social networks
  • well-being
  • HEALTH-PROBLEMS
  • PEOPLE
  • ADULTS
  • MODERATE
  • MILD
  • LIFE
  • PARTICIPATION
  • IRELAND

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Lehmann, B. A. ; Bos, A. E. R. ; Rijken, M. ; Cardol, M. ; Peters, G. -J. Y. ; Kok, G. ; Curfs, L. M. G. / Ageing with an intellectual disability : the impact of personal resources on well-being. In: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2013 ; Vol. 57, No. 11. pp. 1068-1078.
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Ageing with an intellectual disability : the impact of personal resources on well-being. / Lehmann, B. A.; Bos, A. E. R.; Rijken, M.; Cardol, M.; Peters, G. -J. Y.; Kok, G.; Curfs, L. M. G.

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