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Ageing People Giving and Receiving Care

Ageing people both give and receive care and support within their homes and the community. The first section of this chapter takes a global overview of the various challenges people face when they take on the primary caring role of ageing people. It covers such issues as the effect caring has on the emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing of carers. The second part of the chapter looks specifically at ageing people who are carers of middle-aged or younger people with life-long disabilities, primarily those people with an intellectual disability. Advice is shared with community-based health professionals about how to assist carers to access support for day-to-day caring responsibilities. The chapter also discusses the challenges facing all carers when they are thinking about relinquishing full-time care and the difficulties this transition may present.

Contents include

  • Carers of ageing people living at home.
  • The unique challenges of supporting older carers of younger and middle aged adults with disabilities
  • Strategies for working with older carers
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Author / Editor Biographies

RN, RM, DipAppSc (CH, M&CH), BAppSc (Advanced Nursing), MA (Education) and FCNA.
Theresa Cluning has worked in many roles within acute hospitals, residential care, community health, community case management, academia and management. Her colleagues have become her friends, and as she believes she never stops learning from others, she acknowledges the support and the sharing of knowledge she has received in every area she has worked. She says her story is typical of baby-boomer generation nurses. She began her hospital training in the 1960s and since then has nursed in hospitals, aged care facilities and community settings. Theresa has always enjoyed grass roots nursing pra...
BA (Hons), MSW and PhD.
Christine Bigby is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Bundoora. She has extensive experience as a social work practitioner in both direct service and policy development. Her primary research and practice interest for the last 10 years has been older carers and ageing people with intellectual disability. Her doctoral research examined the informal and formal sources of support for middle-aged and older people with intellectual disability and the nature of their transition from parental care in mid-life.

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