Who cares? Supporting older people with autism effectively

Venue: Copthorne Tara Hotel,

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Oct 10, 2012 End Date/Time: Oct 10, 2012
Registration Date: Jul 27, 2012
Early Registration Date: Jul 27, 2012
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Examining the unique challenges facing adults with autism as they age and presenting best practice from experts in the field.

As people with autism mature, they may face the same physical and mental problems of all ageing people. However, they may need support to ensure they grow old in safety and dignity. Parents who are the main care-giver for someone with autism may find it more difficult to cope as they get older. If a sibling or other relative takes over this role, they often struggle to find the information they need. People with autism who don’t have relatives risk a future of increasing isolation. Who will protect their interests once their parents are no longer able to?

For adults with autism living independently, there are still many potential issues. Supported housing is not always appropriate for older people, who might need assistance with physical activities, such as mounting stairs or getting in the bath. Conversely, generic homes for the elderly may not have resources or be suitable for the specific needs of people with autism, particularly people with sensory difficulties.

This conference will examine the unique challenges surrounding people with autism as they get older. Internationally renowned speakers will discuss key topics, including diagnosis, social isolation and practical issues, such as financial planning and benefits entitlement after retirement.