Purpose: As we enter the era of aging, the population of middle-aged adults with developmental disabilities is growing. Thus, the purpose of this study was to explore the practical implications for supporting middle-aged adults with developmental disabilities and their families by listening to their perceptions and experiences. Method: In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 people with developmental disabilities who are over 36 years old and their families. Transcribed interview data were analyzed using the constant comparative method, and a total of 5 themes and 16 sub-themes emerged. Results: Middle-aged adults with developmental disabilities were currently experiencing a lack of daytime activities and receiving support from their social support network, mainly family members. Also, aging-related changes in a range of aspects were reported. In particular, concerns about life due to aging were highlighted. Conclusion: Based on the results, practical implications were suggested to promote more positive aging experiences of middle-aged adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
|Translated title of the contribution||Experiences and Support Needs of Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families Regarding Aging|
|Number of pages||29|
|Journal||Korean Journal of Physical, Multiple and Health Disabilities|
|State||Published - 2022|
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- middle-aged adults with developmental disabilities
- support services