Ageing with a Learning Disability: A Critical Literature Review
We identified 65 papers for inclusion in the review, which were published between 2001 and 2016 and which focused predominantly on those with mild to moderate impairments. We classified papers in 6 domains which linked to the ability of older people to live healthy, safe, meaningful and socially inclusive lives. Our themes were health; activities of daily living and function; experiences of ageing; quality of life and well-being; autonomy and transition. Most papers, 43, focused upon health/activities of daily living often limited to very narrowly defined groups or used large data sets to assess overall health status of older learned disabled people. Our 11 studies examining ideas about ageing, autonomy and transition highlighted the socially exclusion experienced by this population. We still lack a clear understanding as to what a good later life for older learning disabled people consists of and how, if at all, it differs from the rest of the population.