Older Adults and Autism Spectrum Conditions: An Introduction and Guide (First edition)

Written from the perspective of a person who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome later in life and is contemplating the transition to old age, this book offers a fascinating insight into what life is like for adults on the autism spectrum.

In a care environment that seems to focus on the transition from child to adult services to the exclusion of all else, this is the first book that explores health and social issues that affect many who are older and on the spectrum.

Topics explored include communication needs, autistic personality, health and social care support, mental health issues and ageing comfortably.

Each chapter concludes with a handy set of key points, which summarises the main issues explored.

Easy to read and free from unnecessary jargon, much of what is included deserves attention, and consideration in service design and provision.

The case studies highlight a range of issues, including increasing physical and sensory difficulties, social isolation, and experiences of services – and not without a certain dry humour.

My only minor criticism is that the author’s pessimistic suggestion at the beginning that old age is a time of physical, sensory and social deterioration is an outlook that does not hold true for everyone. Having said that, this book is timely and well worth the read.

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