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Transitions in Aging

Community Participation

Paid Opportunities

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  • Build skills while making some money

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Notes and References

Even though we may choose to retire from our paid jobs or leave day programs when we reach a certain age, it does not mean we cannot apply to others!

Older adulthood is a time when we can explore work experiences that match the things we enjoy doing! For example, if we enjoy baking, we could consider selling baked goods at a bakery or farmer's market. If we are good at putting things together, we could consider working at a warehouse packaging supplies. Many people who have work experiences in their adulthood express their enjoyment in the time they spent at work.1 Being employed can help us feel good about ourselves and give us a sense of accomplishment.1,2,3 Oftentimes, it also makes us feel good to make some money!


  1. Fesko, S. L., Hall, A. C., Quinlan, J., & Jockell, C., (2012). Active aging for individuals with intellectual disability: Meaningful community participation through employment, retirement, service, and volunteerism. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 117(6), 497-508.
  2. Lysaght, R., Ouellette-Kuntz, H., & Morrison, C. (2009). Meaning and value of productivity to adults with intellectual disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 47(6), 413-424.
  3. Beyer, S., Brown, T., Akandi, R., & Rapley, M. (2010). A comparison of quality of life outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities in supported employment, day services and employment enterprises. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23, 290-295.