On this page, we give synopsis and links to CARDI Publications which we feel are easy to assimilate and of relevance to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.
Although on first sight, this looks like a heavy scientific / academic paper – don’t be put off. This is really a synopsis of other research so is a handy reference in areas like Relationships, Leisure, Productive Activities, Accomodations and Informal Support.
Excerpt: Older adults with ID and loneliness The IDS to TILDA shows high levels of loneliness among older adults with an intellectual disability. Of the 390 people who self-responded to the question “Do you ever feel lonely?” 50% reported that they had experienced loneliness. Within this group, 19% also reported a doctor’s diagnosis of depression. Nearly half of respondents had not felt lonely and, of these, 16% had a previous doctor’s diagnosis of depression. In the general adult population, 5% of older adults reported a diagnosis of depression (McCarron, et al., 2011). Women were more likely than men to report feeling lonely (53% versus 34%), feel left out (28% compared to 24%) and having difficulty making friends (28% versus 27%). Older adults with an ID living independently or with family have lower levels of emotional or mental health problems, are less likely to feel lonely and less likely to have difficulty making friends (Burke et al., 2014).
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