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Older Adults and Autism Spectrum Conditions: An Introduction and Guide

Written from the standpoint of a person diagnosed with Asperger syndrome later in life, this book offers an 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 syndrome later in life, this book offers an 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 older and on the autism spectrum. It is especially welcome in a service environment that tends to focus on transition from childhood to adult services.

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

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 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 is not true for everyone.

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

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