Business is booming.

What Americans With Disabilities Need In Retirement


By Chris Farrell, Next Avenue

Kayte Barton describes herself as a high-functioning autistic adult with mild cerebral palsy. Barton, 47, competed in every sport in the Special Olympics until she retired in 2018. She has also retired from work in her Twin Cities suburb, largely to escape the debilitating mental health strain from trying to make her autism seem nonexistent to employers.

“I use this time to work on things that are important to me and helping to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all across the world,” she writes. “Through this work I have discovered I am truly passionate about advocating for people with disabilities!” (You can listen to her story in the public radio podcast I co-host, “small change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood” at 

Myrta Rosa, 64, lives with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in Elizabeth, N.J. She lives in her own apartment with support from Community Access Unlimited, a local nonprofit. Rosa currently works at Community Access part-time, shredding papers and doing other office tasks. The rest of the time, she advocates for people with disabilities, participates in her weekly bowling league and spends time with her sister.

“I haven’t decided yet when I want to retire,” she writes. “I want to keep working until I can’t do it anymore, while I still feel capable.” 

Implications for Retirement for People With IDD

Barton’s and Rosa’s stories are drawn from the current issue of Impact magazine’s “Retirement and Aging for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities.”

The publication (paper and digital) explores the implications of longer lives for retirement, healthy aging, dementia, end-of-life decisions and other issues for people with what are known as intellectual and developmental disabilities or IDD. Impact is a publication by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration; the masthead of the recent issue graciously lists me as one of four editors.

The combination of medical care advances and improved living conditions over the past several decades has boosted into the 60s the average lifespan of people with IDD. “People with disabilities are living longer,” says Janet Stewart, editor-in-chief of Impact. “Their concerns are mainstream.”

Sad to say, the aging challenges confronted by the IDD community reflect and reinforce the larger failures of American society when it comes to an aging population.

We’re letting down too many older Americans with IDD. We’re also failing the frail oldest adults and their families with our porous caregiving system; we seem unable to shatter the employment barriers of ageism and age discrimination; we’re unwilling to make investments that tackle deep-rooted health inequities that accumulate with time and we aren’t adequately addressing the harsh reality that old age and economic insecurity are synonymous for too many people.

As Paul Irving, the outgoing chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and a 2016 Next Avenue Influencer in Aging explains in the issue’s conversation with him and Michelle Putnam, professor in the School of Social Work at Simmons University: “We’re long overdue for a conversation in the United States about our values, about what we stand for. We talk a lot about our shared interests and community, but what does that really mean in America?”

What Could Be Helpful for Disabled Retirees

Amen to that, Paul Irving. 

Impact covers a wide range of aging topics, but for this column I’ll focus on retirement and people with IDD, which I found particularly intriguing.

Individuals with IDD typically depend on a complex variety of government programs for income and services support, such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare, Medicaid and community-based services; 71% of people with IDD live with an aging family member.

Many individuals with IDD want to work for purpose and independence, although the availability of employment opportunities for them has long fallen far short of demand.  

That said, some do work and then retire. For example, the employment rate for those with IDD ages 55 to 64 in paid community jobs is slightly over 11%, according to Valerie Bradley, founder and president of Human Services Research Institute in Cambridge, Mass. The employment rate for the same age group in paid facility jobs is almost 18%.

For those with jobs, family caregiver surveys report that the workers express high levels of job satisfaction.

Like many other older workers, they worry about keeping their sense of purpose and accomplishment from the job, the social connections made at work and their independence when they retire.

Unlike the typical near-retiree and retiree, there is little information, research or planning guides to draw on about what makes for a successful transition into retirement with IDD.

“Retirement is something of a new idea,” says Roger Stancliffe, senior research associate at the Institute on Community Integration and professor emeritus at University of Sydney, Australia.

Stancliffe is concerned that the principal option for older adults with IDD in retirement is spending time in congregate disability programs or centers.

There is nothing wrong with the centers, but they’re siloed from the rest of the community. Stancliffe would like to expand the range of options available to the disabled retiree to ones of non-disabled retirees, such as joining socially inclusive community-based activities that reflect their interests.

“There is a whole world of community groups for older people that should be made available to people with disabilities,” he says. “This would enable people with disabilities to participate in the community.”

An Intriguing Program in Australia

Stancliffe and colleagues in Australia piloted such a program, and he is leading a similar experiment now in the U.S.

Briefly, a list of possible activities in the community is gathered and the person with IDD decides which activity they’d like to participate in when it’s time to make the transition to retirement.

Among the activities chosen in Australia were joining a men’s shed, participating in a choir and volunteering at a community soup kitchen. Mentors and allies (often family members and friends) offer initial support and guidance.

It works well.

Nearly 90% of the disabled people who participated in this program in Australia remained with their chosen activity program after six months. The researchers found that both the disabled and the non-disabled people in these groups benefited from spending time together.

“Loneliness is much more prevalent among the disabled community than the broader community,” says Stancliffe. “This activity might help them make friends.”

Problem is, as Stancliffe makes clear, programs like this are the exception.

Innovations that seem eminently sensible run into the reality that institutions change slowly — very slowly.

Look at America’s colleges which still, outside a few notable experiments, haven’t invested in lifelong learning programs on campus despite the aging of the population.

“How do we create a movement that recognizes the value of lifelong learning, the urgency of investment in prevention and wellness and the need for social and caregiving supports that lead to lives of purpose and dignity?” said Irving in his conversation with Putnam. “We aren’t very good at doing those things, and we must do better.”

Reading through the Impact articles about aging and IDD reinforced my belief that the transformation driving so many older Americans to rethink and reimagine the later stages of life runs much deeper than simply redefining retirement.

Bringing the generations and people from all walks of life together —including those with IDD — and investing in improving their livelihood and choices will lead to a healthier society and a more vibrant economy.

The silos that are so prevalent in American society need to come tumbling down, and institutions must adjust to the new realities and opportunities. The knowledge is there. But so much more needs to be done on the practical front.

Sometimes impatience is a virtue.

Source link

  1. says

    Very good website you have here but I was curious
    if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the
    same topics talked about in this article? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get advice from other knowledgeable individuals that share the
    same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let
    me know. Thanks!

  2. penis enlargement says
  3. xvidos says

    Its like you learn my thoughts! You appear to understand a lot approximately this,
    such as you wrote the e book in it or something. I think that you could do
    with some p.c. to power the message house a bit, however
    other than that, this is wonderful blog. A fantastic read.
    I’ll definitely be back.

  4. เครื่องย่อยเศษอาหารให้เป็นปุ๋ย says

    It’s actually a nice and helpful piece of info. I am glad that you shared this helpful info with us.

    Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

    Feel free to visit my web site … เครื่องย่อยเศษอาหารให้เป็นปุ๋ย

  5. ถ่ายทอดสดหวย says

    Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform
    are you using for this site? I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking
    at alternatives for another platform. I would be
    fantastic if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  6. 안전놀이터사이트 says

    Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It in reality
    used to be a leisure account it. Glance advanced to
    more delivered agreeable from you! However,
    how can we be in contact?

  7. reviews says

    I really like what you guys tend to be up too.
    This sort of clever work and exposure! Keep up the terrific works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my

  8. เครื่องย่อยเศษอาหารให้เป็นปุ๋ย says

    Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are
    a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

    Have a look at my blog; เครื่องย่อยเศษอาหารให้เป็นปุ๋ย

  9. cheats hacks check warozne says

    Hi there, I enjoy reading all of your article post.
    I wanted to write a little comment to support you.

  10. ถ่ายทอดสดหวย says

    Hi mates, how is the whole thing, and what you want to say regarding this post, in my view its actually amazing in favor of me.

  11. เครื่องกำจัดเศษอาหาร says

    Nice blog right here! Additionally your site loads up
    very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your associate
    link on your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

    Look into my web-site เครื่องกำจัดเศษอาหาร

  12. sex health tips says

    Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make
    my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your theme.
    Thanks a lot

  13. free Windows 7 key says
  14. click to read more says

    Hello, I wish for to subscribe for this website to take latest updates, so where can i
    do it please help out.

  15. 메이저놀이터사이트 says

    I have read several good stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for revisiting.
    I surprise how much attempt you place to make any such excellent informative website.

  16. Ecjicm says

    order levofloxacin order levofloxacin for sale

  17. Aphrzq says

    dutasteride order online order avodart zofran 4mg without prescription

  18. Ydttrr says

    aldactone 25mg pills order valacyclovir sale order fluconazole 200mg without prescription

  19. Adygly says

    purchase ampicillin pills oral cephalexin 250mg order erythromycin generic

  20. Ffprtp says

    generic fildena 50mg buy fildena 50mg without prescription robaxin buy online

  21. Bkejtp says

    sildenafil brand order aurogra 50mg generic estradiol 1mg price

  22. Lfawjb says

    lamotrigine order online order vermox 100mg without prescription order tretinoin gel for sale

  23. Cqdckc says

    purchase tadalafil online tadalis 20mg pill order voltaren 100mg generic

  24. Upoefj says

    buy isotretinoin 20mg generic isotretinoin 40mg brand zithromax 500mg pill

  25. Eikdma says

    indocin without prescription order cefixime 200mg for sale amoxicillin 250mg drug

  26. Vouhbw says

    tadalafil oral 18 year old taking cialis sildenafil 50mg oral

  27. Ijblmq says

    acheter gГ©nГ©rique tadalafil en france sildenafil 25mg generique pas cher generique sildenafil

  28. Tnrpgi says

    deltasone 40mg over the counter buying drugs from canada buy viagra pill

  29. Xrlmsy says

    tadalafil ohne rezept original tadalafil 20mg rezeptfrei sicher kaufen viagra 200mg für männer

  30. Pntxhv says

    isotretinoin 10mg ca oral accutane 10mg purchase stromectol

  31. Gtixql says

    generic provigil 200mg provigil for sale online acetazolamide 250 mg brand

  32. Lvfvte says

    cost doxycycline 200mg vardenafil 20mg usa furosemide cost

  33. Arxkja says

    altace 5mg without prescription temovate sale azelastine cheap

  34. Cnoghn says

    order catapres 0.1 mg sale minocycline 100mg cheap tiotropium bromide order online

  35. Niemzq says

    cheap buspar generic buspirone 5mg oxybutynin 5mg without prescription

  36. Ljmhqf says

    hytrin price sulfasalazine us order azulfidine 500 mg generic

  37. Raefmb says

    alendronate price fosamax 35mg usa order famotidine 20mg pill

  38. Ovposp says

    olmesartan 20mg over the counter depakote 500mg brand purchase acetazolamide online cheap

  39. Qtinca says

    buy tacrolimus for sale ursodiol 300mg pills urso pills

  40. Nrpfbd says

    buy isosorbide 40mg online azathioprine over the counter micardis uk

  41. Ljidrs says

    cost bupropion 150 mg cheap bupropion 150mg order quetiapine 50mg generic

  42. Zfdiek says

    brand molnupiravir 200 mg molnunat online order prevacid 15mg cost

  43. Vsxfwl says

    sertraline 50mg usa Buy generic viagra online order sildenafil online cheap

  44. Pwmloc says

    salbutamol medication order imuran 100 mcg sale buy sildenafil pills

  45. Gfujqu says

    cialis 40mg over the counter Cialis non prescription sildenafil 100mg usa

  46. Qllxbs says

    buy generic tadalafil 5mg pyridium online buy order symmetrel 100 mg for sale

  47. Xrqcqd says

    naltrexone tablet buy aripiprazole online cheap buy generic aripiprazole 30mg

  48. Deoifs says

    avlosulfon 100mg canada order allegra 120mg generic aceon order online

  49. Jwczhw says

    medroxyprogesterone 10mg cost buy generic biltricide cyproheptadine online order

  50. Yezbvs says

    provigil cheap modafinil 100mg usa ivermectin 0.2mg

  51. Crbvwv says

    order luvox 50mg luvox 50mg brand glucotrol 10mg drug

  52. Kigpqp says

    buy accutane 40mg amoxil 1000mg ca deltasone 10mg brand

  53. Ylimmh says

    buy generic nootropil viagra pharmacy sildenafil 200mg

  54. Xozggm says

    azithromycin 500mg brand cheap prednisolone neurontin 600mg pills

  55. Upzvin says

    cialis 5mg drug purchase viagra for sale buy generic sildenafil

  56. Gvynqo says

    buy furosemide generic oral doxycycline 100mg buy plaquenil 200mg

  57. Bsoqle says

    tadalafil cost anafranil for sale online anafranil generic

  58. Fmigpe says

    chloroquine 250mg pill cheap chloroquine olumiant 4mg ca

  59. Drhapo says

    purchase glycomet without prescription cialis 20mg tablet order tadalafil 10mg without prescription

  60. Ulrjdt says

    olanzapine online order buy olanzapine 10mg sale oral valsartan 80mg

  61. Kqerbk says

    order norvasc for sale buy amlodipine 5mg generic order tadalafil 20mg

  62. Jazyad says

    clozaril 100mg for sale ipratropium online dexamethasone 0,0,5 mg oral

  63. Yxhuzl says

    order zyvox for sale cost linezolid real online blackjack

  64. Pzmiqr says

    omeprazole for sale online academic writing terms blackjack game

  65. Ybxiby says

    metoprolol uk purchase tenormin pill buy levitra pills

  66. Vxynqs says

    academic writing online casino real money spins real money online

  67. Eytpxa says

    order vardenafil online buy levitra 10mg generic medrol 4 mg without prescription

  68. Khrvpv says

    eassy writing custom dissertation buy sildenafil online

  69. Hijxxd says

    clomiphene order online albuterol ca casino slot

  70. Abpwtf says

    buy cialis tablets order tadalafil 40mg online cost sildenafil

  71. Moeyam says

    order aristocort online buy aristocort generic clarinex 5mg uk

  72. Vjzeeo says

    order dapoxetine 90mg online order levothyroxine generic purchase levothyroxine for sale

  73. Htamaw says

    order tadalafil 20mg online buy cialis 5mg pills viagra brand

  74. Dwiucc says

    orlistat 120mg sale acyclovir order online order acyclovir 400mg without prescription

  75. Tjitzz says

    cialis 20mg ca order clopidogrel 150mg pill order clopidogrel 75mg online cheap

  76. Qeaaof says

    buy allopurinol sale order rosuvastatin 20mg generic zetia us

  77. Jvlfhb says

    oral methotrexate 10mg buy coumadin 5mg pill buy metoclopramide 20mg for sale

  78. Vtcbom says

    purchase motilium for sale buy motilium pill cost flexeril 15mg

  79. Sdzvnv says

    buy cozaar 50mg online cheap buy generic cozaar 25mg topamax 200mg cheap

  80. Katrbj says

    lioresal price purchase tizanidine purchase toradol sale

  81. Aeloyn says

    cheap sumatriptan 50mg buy levofloxacin 500mg generic avodart pills

  82. Nllyma says

    purchase colchicine for sale casino games real money poker online real money

  83. Eghzcj says

    buy zantac 150mg meloxicam 7.5mg brand celecoxib 200mg us

  84. Wwduqm says

    real money poker online play slots online blackjack with real money

  85. Jxqgny says

    flomax pills buy zofran generic buy spironolactone generic

  86. Rjqhtt says

    order cialis for sale order ciprofloxacin 500mg ciprofloxacin brand

  87. Atnhpw says

    generic simvastatin 10mg cost simvastatin 10mg propecia 1mg tablet

  88. Kkcsji says

    fluconazole order online sildenafil 100mg ca brand sildenafil 50mg

  89. Nvncwo says

    cephalexin 125mg price cleocin buy online order erythromycin pills

  90. Ujsqic says

    cialis overnight order sildenafil 50mg without prescription viagra buy online

  91. Fpjomw says

    sildenafil 100mg pill buy sildenafil 50mg for sale buy tadalafil 5mg for sale

  92. Tyqeug says

    cefuroxime oral careprost nasal spray purchase methocarbamol

  93. Vdjlcj says

    play for real online casino games cheap cialis 10mg buy cialis 20mg pills

  94. Clyfgh says

    order desyrel generic order sildenafil 100mg cost sildenafil 50mg

  95. Euiqlu says

    term papers writing service write research paper stromectol us

  96. Mbezrv says

    sildenafil mail order us estrace order online buy lamictal 200mg generic

  97. Iejlus says

    order prednisone 10mg online cheap prednisone 5mg cost buy amoxicillin 500mg pills

  98. Qvzqul says

    cost sildenafil order sildenafil online cialis tadalafil 5mg

  99. Ixqvic says

    free slot play buy ed pills sale tadalafil drug

  100. Okmbvh says

    zithromax over the counter cost azithromycin 500mg buy neurontin online

  101. Niddda says

    gambling meaning modafinil 200mg canada modafinil 200mg cost

  102. Srkekp says

    order furosemide 40mg online cheap doxycycline tablet plaquenil 400mg without prescription

  103. Mtnokx says

    buy fildena 100mg generic sildenafil 100mg for sale rhinocort buy online

  104. Czfxby says

    order prednisone 40mg for sale order mebendazole buy mebendazole 100mg without prescription

  105. Ttuzbe says

    tretinoin brand buy tadalis 20mg generic buy avanafil 200mg without prescription

  106. Gbrvcw says

    purchase tadacip online indocin 75mg us indomethacin 75mg drug

  107. Zjanal says

    order terbinafine cheap lamisil amoxicillin 250mg canada

  108. Liozwq says

    clarithromycin order online buy antivert 25 mg order meclizine without prescription

  109. Uddcrp says

    buy spiriva 9 mcg online order spiriva 9 mcg pill buy hytrin 5mg online

  110. Ckeatk says

    albuterol 100 mcg sale cheap protonix 20mg ciprofloxacin order online

  111. Jkfyqe says

    order generic actos 15mg order actos 15mg generic best viagra sites online

  112. Inxroh says

    montelukast medication viagra 100mg pills for men brand viagra 50mg

  113. Rlcrhn says

    buy generic tadalafil 40mg Cialis no prescription doubleu casino

  114. Jcqtll says

    generic tadalafil 40mg Best price cialis buy cialis 5mg

  115. Fbmxqz says

    casino slots free gambling game free spins no deposit usa

  116. Rcoidi says

    price of ivermectin liquid amantadine 100 mg generic avlosulfon 100mg over the counter

  117. Xbbzzj says

    free slots games online poker real money free spins no deposit usa

  118. Crcxdn says

    buy nifedipine 30mg generic buy fexofenadine 120mg pill order fexofenadine pills

  119. Aywbpv says

    free casino slots help writing a research paper help with writing a research paper

  120. Jpmaqt says

    buy altace 5mg without prescription order glimepiride sale buy arcoxia 120mg generic

  121. Dkxowt says

    academic writing is buy arava generic order sulfasalazine pill

  122. Psiukr says

    order doxycycline 200mg without prescription ventolin order online cleocin 150mg uk

  123. Jwvgzt says

    order olmesartan without prescription cost calan 120mg divalproex us

  124. Ibkwjn says

    mesalamine 400mg brand mesalamine 800mg us order irbesartan for sale

  125. Dqykfz says

    buy acetazolamide 250mg without prescription buy generic imuran 50mg azathioprine ca

  126. Pekgnu says

    cheap clobetasol buy buspirone 10mg generic cordarone canada

  127. Vkinzx says

    lanoxin 250 mg price micardis over the counter purchase molnunat for sale

  128. Naspcn says

    carvedilol 6.25mg usa coreg brand elavil drug

  129. Ypwsnu says

    amoxicillin 250mg without prescription stromectol 3mg pill ivermectin 0.08%

  130. Shdlov says

    priligy 30mg over the counter order avanafil 200mg domperidone 10mg generic

  131. Szdgzm says

    pamelor 25 mg cheap paroxetine for sale order paroxetine online

  132. Zdgjfg says

    order indocin pill buy generic tamsulosin 0.2mg buy cenforce 50mg

  133. Cfzkhy says

    pepcid 20mg us remeron price mirtazapine 30mg cost

  134. Lxtdon says

    doxycycline 100mg generic chloroquine for sale medrol 8mg over counter

  135. Nlzqgv says

    order requip 2mg generic trandate tablet labetalol brand

  136. Asfdhm says

    order tricor 160mg generic sildenafil order online viagra online order

  137. Nrhazk says

    order generic esomeprazole 40mg purchase furosemide online lasix 100mg cost

  138. Pncuko says

    cialis next day tadalafil low price oral viagra 50mg

  139. Thnayt says

    minocycline 100mg brand neurontin for sale buy terazosin 5mg sale

  140. Oxrath says

    tadalafil 10mg generic cheap erectile dysfunction buy ed pills cheap

  141. Orszcf says

    purchase metformin online cheap tamoxifen 20mg cheap buy tamoxifen 10mg for sale

  142. Lkywca says

    buy clomid online cost clomid 100mg prednisolone without prescription

  143. Gzacst says

    deltasone without prescription order deltasone 5mg pills cheap amoxicillin generic

  144. Usbjqu says

    cheap accutane brand accutane ampicillin 500mg uk

  145. Dfcbcl says

    order sildenafil 50mg online cheap purchase pregabalin purchase proscar for sale

  146. Aynjwn says

    ivermectin 3 mg tablets for humans order stromectol 3mg for sale cheap prednisone 5mg

  147. Awyrcl says

    purchase ondansetron without prescription amoxil 500mg without prescription bactrim 480mg price

  148. Gmjnxd says

    albuterol price order ventolin 2mg online generic augmentin 1000mg

  149. Thlskm says

    accutane 40mg canada buy accutane 40mg generic buy azithromycin 250mg sale

  150. Gdkgsi says

    order provigil metoprolol 100mg us order metoprolol 50mg generic

  151. Jngwpk says

    order prednisolone 20mg pills gabapentin 600mg cost lasix 40mg generic

  152. Naabqk says

    avodart generic avodart 0.5mg uk orlistat for sale online

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.