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How to avoid loneliness in older people with an Intellectual Disability, by Andrew Wormald

What are the circumstances in a person’s life that best help them avoid or overcome loneliness? For some people as they age loneliness is an ever-present risk. Mounting losses to social resources and deterioration in health increase the risk of experiencing loneliness.

In an Ireland that twelve months ago voted for marriage equality, there is still a category of persons for whom having a relationship is not legally clear. For people with intellectual disabilities, beside the usual challenges of meeting a significant other, there is an onerous legal shadow hanging over them in the shape of an archaic system and a more recent law that is nonetheless just as restrictive and prohibitive.

Parents and parenting with intellectual disabilities

In the early part of the 20th century, persons with intellectual disabilities found themselves treated as social pariahs. By some accounts, the ‘feeble-minded’ were moral degenerates and the root cause of society’s ills. Allowing them to reproduce was for many, at that time, unthinkable.

Donal Fitzsimons outlines the implementation and history of Home Sharing initiatives in Ireland over the past 30 years, and identifies the challenges ahead…

Home Sharing in intellectual disability services has existed in Ireland for the last thirty years as an alternative option to the traditional residential and respite care models of support offered to people with intellectual disability and their families. The last ten years has seen further developments in Home Sharing...