Reviews

Older Adults and Autism Spectrum Conditions: An Introduction and Guide

Written from the standpoint of a person diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome later in life, this book offers a fascinating insight into what life is like for people on the autism spectrum who are making a transition into older age

Written from the standpoint of a person diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome later in life, this book offers a fascinating insight into what life is like for people on the autism spectrum who are making a transition into older age.

It is the first book I have seen that explores the myriad health and social issues that affect those who are elderly and on the autism spectrum, and so is especially welcome in a service environment that tends to focus on transitions from childhood to adult services.

The book is easy to read and free from unnecessary jargon, and contains a great deal that deserves to inform service design and provision.

Issues explored include communication needs, autistic personality, and health and social care support for older people on the spectrum, as well as preparing for later years, mental health issues and how to age comfortably.

Case studies highlight a range of issues, including increasing physical and sensory difficulties, a sense of social isolation, and good and bad experiences of services, all of which are explored with some dry humour.

Each chapter concludes with a useful set of key points that summarise the main issues that have been explored.

The only issue I would raise with the book is the author’s pessimistic suggestion that old age is a time of physical, sensory and social deterioration, something that does not hold true for everyone.

Having said that, this book is timely and well worth the read.

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