We need to know and do more about ageing with autism
Every human being ages. As we age, our needs changes. Approaching the senior years can mean changes in housing, health, and daily care. Policymakers have concentrated on these concerns for neurotypical seniors when designing social supports and models of care. What about the needs of those growing old with autism or other related disabilities? Timothy Baron, one of the first children diagnosed in the UK, is now approaching 60 and living in residential care. His 84 year old father worries about his future as people with disabilities tend to be an invisible population.
“Ageing with autism brings not only the particular challenges of the condition – communication, social interaction or sensory issues – but the social, physical and mental health issues often experienced in old age.” To read this article, click here.