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By Christine Bigby

According to the author's ten years' study event and social paintings perform services, this pioneering advisor offers modern professional wisdom approximately growing old with a incapacity within the context of the extra mainstream wisdom approximately getting older approaches. Dr Chris Bigby makes use of the idea that of 'successful growing older' as a framework within which to think about the problems and practicalities for older individuals with a pre-existing incapacity.

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Quality of life is however still a contested concept surrounded by considerable critique and debate in relation to its conceptualization and measurement. For example, Hatton (1998) critiques the validity of using measures of subjective well-being and life satisfaction as life indicators. He also discusses the potential for the scientific status sought by a quality of life approach to shift the focus from individual identities, experiences and aspirations and extend the dominance of professional frameworks and power.

Countering ageism does not mean disregarding age but requires a more concerted focus on the individual and their needs rather than just their membership of stereotyped groups such as the ‘aged’ or ‘disabled’. Approaches to individualized support A focus on tailoring services to individual needs as a prime objective in service delivery for both older people and those with a disability has evolved in the last 30 years (Baldock and Evers 1991). 6). Whilst many varieties and nomenclatures are found, the fundamental notions of case management and individual program plans have been the primary vehicles used to achieve more individualized packages of care and support.

He also discusses the potential for the scientific status sought by a quality of life approach to shift the focus from individual identities, experiences and aspirations and extend the dominance of professional frameworks and power. Michael Bach (1994) suggests a social well-being approach grounded in an ethical stance to conceptualizing quality of life. Adopting this approach, quality of life lies in presence in a person’s life of a set of conditions for developing and realizing an authentic life plan based on their own narrative, and depends on the degree to which the conditions necessary to develop and realize a life plan are distributed to individuals or groups in ways that accord with principles of social justice and just distribution.

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