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Transitions in Aging

Promoting Community Participation

Introduction

Photo of people working in a garden This module is part of the Transitions in Aging project funded by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

This module was developed by Dr. Pei-Chun Hsieh, a faculty member in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University, with support from Ms. Celia Feinstein, the Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities and her staff at Temple University.

We would also like to thank Ms. Cassandra Watts, and Kendra Smith for their assistance with this project.

We appreciate your interest in this topic. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Dr. Pei-Chun Hsieh at pchsieh@temple.edu.

How to Navigate

To ensure you have a good experience navigating within the modules, here are instructions on how to use each element.

  1. You can use the menu on the left side to go to different slides.

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  2. When you finish reading or listening to a slide, click the "NEXT:" button to move to the next slide.

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  3. Located at the bottom of each page. Click on this button to show all of the information to read for that slide.

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  4. Click the triangle button in the black bar to have the information on the screen read to you.

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  5. To change the volume of the voice over click on this button, circled in red here.

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  6. After you have completed all of the slides in the module, we would appreciate if you would complete the survey and provide us with your feedback. This button can be found at the bottom of the left side panel.

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Notes and References

To promote successful aging in individuals with developmental disabilities, we should engage them in activities that can help support people: (1) live independently for as long as possible, (2) remain out of institutions, (3) maintain autonomy in decisions, and (4) continue to engage in meaningful activities.1



Throughout the aging process, we all experience changes in our functional abilities; how can we stay involved in activities that are meaningful for us? In this module, we will discuss some strategies that can help individuals with developmental disabilities adapt to retirement as well as continue to be active members of their communities.

Reference:

  1. Janicki, M. P. (1994). Policies and supports for older adults with mental retardation. In M. M. Seltzer, M. W. Krauss & M. P. Janicki (Eds.), Life course perspectives on adulthood and old age. Washington, DC: American Association on Mental Retardation.