Effectiveness of a life story work program on older adults with intellectual disabilities

Xue Bai*, Daniel W.H. Ho, Karen Fung, Lily Tang, Moon He, Daniel YOUNG, Florence Ho, Timothy Kwok

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Objective: This study examines the effectiveness of a life story work program (LSWp) in older adults with mild-to-moderate levels of intellectual disability (ID).

Methods: Using a quasiexperimental design, this study assigned 60 older adults who were between 50–90 years old with mild-to-moderate levels of ID to receive either the LSWp (intervention group, N=32) or usual activities (control group, N=28) during a period of 6 months. Evaluation was made based on the outcomes assessed by the Mood Interest and Pleasure Questionnaire, the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, and the Personal Well-being Index – ID.

Results and conclusion: LSWp shows potential for improving the quality of life and preventing the loss of interest and pleasure in older adults with ID. It also shows promise in enhancing their socialization skills. Patients with better communication abilities seemed to benefit more from the LSWp.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1865-1872
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Interventions in Aging
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Effectiveness
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Life story book
  • Life story work
  • Older adults


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