Transition to retirement by adults with chronic disabilities: increasing community capacity

Summary

Our overarching aim is to increase community capacity to support older people with chronic disability (including intellectual disability) to participate in community groups and voluntary work in retirement. We will do this by: (1) identifying the opportunities for and barriers to participation in community groups and voluntary work by older people with chronic disability; (2) using these findings to design and trial a training package to enable community groups and voluntary work settings to achieve greater participation by older people with chronic disability; (3) determining the benefits to the well-being of people with chronic disability.

Supervisor(s)

Professor Roger Stancliffe

Research Location

Disability and Community Research Group

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

We aim to increase participation in voluntary work and in community groups by people with chronic disabilities (including intellectual disability) when they retire. Older Australians with chronic disabilities are living longer. Many are ageing and will need to retire from their disability-specific supported employment and day program services. They are at risk of social exclusion, loneliness and associated poor health outcomes following retirement. This project will provide training and support to local voluntary work settings and community groups, to increase community capacity to support older people with chronic disability to participate actively in and contribute to their community in retirement. This will result in increased participation by older people with chronic disabilities and improvements in their well-being.

Additional Information

This project will contribute to healthy, productive ageing by people with chronic disabilities (including intellectual disability). Older Australians with chronic disabilities are living longer and many will soon need to retire from their disability-specific supported employment and day program services. They are at risk of social exclusion, loneliness and associated poor health outcomes following retirement. This project will provide training and support to local voluntary work settings and community groups, to increase community capacity to support older people with chronic disability to participate actively in and contribute to their community in retirement. This will result in increased participation by older people with chronic disabilities and improvements in their well-being. Training resources developed by the project will be available to disability service providers nationally.

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Keywords

Disability, Intellectual disability, Developmental disability, Disability studies, Disability services, Retirement, Participation, Inclusion, Community inclusion, Active Support, Co-worker training, Loneliness, Quality of Life, Wellbeing, Ageing, Volunteering, mental retardation, community participation, depression, mentoring

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1126