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This is a handy guide to the topics you need to know about whether studying or working in the field of learning disabilities. The A-Z format allows you to “dip in” and quickly find relevant information on topics ranging from Autism to Rights and from Advocacy to Challenging Behaviors.

Older People
Older people
NancyJokinen
Definition

Adults aged 65 and above are commonly considered as older people. However, this chronological age was originally established in the early 1900s in Europe and North America to mark the retirement age from the workforce and an entitlement to social benefits. Who might be considered ‘older’ is a socially constructed notion and varies depending on the context. Older people may, indeed, include people aged 50, 55, or 60 and above. Aging is a process experienced on an individual basis that is influenced by a number of individual and social factors. The age of older people with a learning disability varies in studies on aging and learning disability.

Key Points
  • There has been a substantial increase in the life expectancy of adults with a learning ...
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