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Ways of Thinking About Aging with Disabilities: Select Resources
The following resources may be of interest to the readers of this Impact issue:
- Caresharing: A Reciprocal Approach to Caregiving and Care Receiving in the Complexities of Aging, Illness and Disability. By Marty Richards. The word "caregiver" typically suggests someone doing all the giving for another who is doing all the receiving. This book proposes a rebalanced approach of "caresharing." From this perspective, the "cared for" and the "carer" share a deep sense of connection. Each has strengths and resources. Each can teach the other. Each can share in grief, hope, love and wisdom. Available spring 2010 from Skylight Paths Publishing, www.skylightpaths.com, 800/962-4544.
- Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit. This guide for arts, healthcare and aging services organizations explains why and how older adults benefit from participating in professionally conducted community arts programs, and offers detailed advice and examples on program design, implementation and evaluation. Published jointly by the National Center for Creative Aging, the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. It is a companion to the monograph Creativity Matters: Arts and Aging in America by Gay Hanna and Susan Perlstein, which is intended to begin a dialog about the role of artistic expression in the lives of older adults. It presents a paradigm that sees older people for their creative potential. Though not specifically addressing persons with developmental disabilities, both these publications present ideas that may be applied to programs and services for aging individuals with disabilities. Available at no cost online from the Center for Creative Aging at http://www.creativeaging.org/publications/.
- Elderburbia: Aging with a Sense of Place in America. By Philip B. Stafford. This new book argues that aging is not about time and the body, but about place and relationships. Drawing on the multidisciplinary field of ethnography, it gives readers a deeper understanding of how the aging experience for all adults is shaped by where people call home, as well as a look at what makes a place well-suited for post-retirement living. The author is director of the Center on Aging and Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University. Published by Praeger Publishers. For more information go to www.praeger.com/catalog/C36436.aspx.
- Remembering with Dignity (www.selfadvocacy.org/programs/rwd). Remembering With Dignity is a coalition of disability rights organizations working to honor people who lived and died in Minnesota's state institutions. Since 1994 it has been putting personal markers on the graves in institution cemeteries previously marked by only a numbered cement block, or nothing at all. It is also gathering life stories of people with disabilities who have lived in institutions, and organizing to prevent a return to institutionalization.
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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/231). Citation: Heller, T., Stafford, P., Davis, L.A., Sedlezky, L., & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Winter 2010). Impact: Feature Issue on Aging and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 23(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].
The PDF version of this Impact, with photos and graphics, is also online at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/231/231.pdf.
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