Transition to retirement and participation in mainstream community groups using active mentoring: a feasibility and outcomes evaluation with a matched comparison group

Stancliffe, R.J., Bigby, C., Balandin, S., Wilson, N.J. and Craig, D. 2015, Transition to retirement and participation in mainstream community groups using active mentoring: a feasibility and outcomes evaluation with a matched comparison group, Journal of intellectual disability research, vol. 59, no. 8, pp. 703-718, doi: 10.1111/jir.12174.

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Title Transition to retirement and participation in mainstream community groups using active mentoring: a feasibility and outcomes evaluation with a matched comparison group
Author(s) Stancliffe, R.J.
Bigby, C.
Balandin, S.ORCID iD for Balandin, S. orcid.org/0000-0003-4765-8232
Wilson, N.J.
Craig, D.
Journal name Journal of intellectual disability research
Volume number 59
Issue number 8
Start page 703
End page 718
Total pages 16
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-08
ISSN 1365-2788
Keyword(s) active support
community groups
inclusion
intellectual disability
outcomes
retirement
Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Education, Special
Genetics & Heredity
Clinical Neurology
Psychiatry
Rehabilitation
Education & Educational Research
Neurosciences & Neurology
OLDER-PEOPLE
LIFELONG DISABILITY
SUPPORT
ADULTS
LONELINESS
WORKERS
DEPRESSION
RELIABILITY
EMPLOYMENT
Summary BACKGROUND: This paper reports on the feasibility and outcomes of a transition to retirement programme for older adults with disability. Without activities and social inclusion, retirees with disability are likely to face inactivity, isolation and loneliness. METHODS: Matched intervention and comparison groups each consisted of 29 older individuals with disability. There were 42 men and 16 women with a mean age of 55.6 years While attending their individual mainstream community group 1 day per week, intervention group participants received support from community group members trained as mentors. We assessed participants' loneliness, social satisfaction, depression, life events, quality of life, community participation, social contacts, and work hours before and 6 months after joining a community group. RESULTS: Twenty-five (86%) of the intervention group attended their community group weekly for at least 6 months. They increased their community participation, made an average of four new social contacts and decreased their work hours. Intervention participants were more socially satisfied post-intervention than comparison group members. CONCLUSIONS: The results demonstrate that participation in mainstream community groups with support from trained mentors is a viable option for developing a retirement lifestyle for older individuals with disability.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jir.12174
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
13 Education
11 Medical And Health Sciences
17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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