Lived experiences of ageing and later life in older people with intellectual disabilities
2015 (English)In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779, Vol. 35, no 3, 602-628 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this article is to explore how older people with intellectual disability (ID), who live in group accommodation, describe their lived experience in relation to ageing and later life. The study adopted a phenomenological approach, based on the concept of life-world. Individual, qualitative interviews were conducted with twelve people with ID (five men, seven women), between the ages of 48 and 71 (m=64), who lived in four different group accommodation units in southern Sweden. A descriptive phenomenological analysis method was used, which disclosed a structure consisting of themes and subthemes. The findings of the study reveal the informants’ lived experience of ageing and later life as a multifaceted phenomenon, expressed through the two themes, “age as a process of change” and “existential aspects of ageing”, each with three sub themes. along with six substantialising[SK1] subthemes. The body is an essential element in their experience of ageing and growing old, and in how this experience is expressed. The study also finds social, cultural and historical dimensions of the life-world to be important in the informants’ experience of ageing and later life. This supports understanding of the existence of a collective life-world for older people with ID, the unique experiences the informants share because of their disability and its consequences for their life course.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2015. Vol. 35, no 3, 602-628 p.
Intellectual disability, ageing, later life, life-world, phenomenology.
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-92377DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X13000949ISI: 000357881100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-92377DiVA: diva2:620635