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Healthcare 2017, 5(3), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare5030045

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

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Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Research and Development Unit, City of Malmö, SE-205 80 Malmö, Sweden
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Department of Social Work, Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University, SE-205 06 Malmö, Sweden
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Received: 23 May 2017 / Revised: 28 July 2017 / Accepted: 4 August 2017 / Published: 18 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ageing with Chronic Disease and Disability)
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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 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. View Full-Text
Keywords: active ageing; content analysis; daily activity centre; group home; healthy ageing; intellectual disability; mental retardation; older people; qualitative interviews; successful ageing active ageing; content analysis; daily activity centre; group home; healthy ageing; intellectual disability; mental retardation; older people; qualitative interviews; successful ageing
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Johansson, M.; Björne, P.; Runesson, I.; Ahlström, G. Healthy Ageing in People with Intellectual Disabilities from Managers’ Perspective: A Qualitative Study. Healthcare 2017, 5, 45.

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