Transitions in the Lives of Older Adults With Intellectual Disabilities: “Having a Sense of Dignity and Independence” [2018]

Older people with intellectual disabilities (ID) experience numerous transitions in their lives, which include transitions between jobs, places of residence, relationship transitions, and transitions to retirement. Ensuring quality planning for the future is important so that older people with ID can live good lives. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore planning for the future and transitions experienced by older people with ID. The author conducted semi‐structured in‐depth interviews with 17 people with ID aged 40 years and more. The interviews were analyzed using inductive content analysis. The three main themes were types of transitions, planning for future, and barriers to planning for future. The implications for research and practice are discussed, with a focus on enhancing independence and choice‐making.

Iva Strnadová
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, Volume 16, Issue 1, March 2019