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AnonymousInactiveSeptember 9, 2001 at 1:46 amPost count: 4
I have a 30 year old Autistic son.
All the information seems to be aimed at younger children and I can`t find anything dealing with the problems of older people.
I think the problems my son has now are different in a lot of ways to the problems he had when he was a young child growing up.
I`d like to know what happens to people with Autism/Aspergers when they get older, do they live at home or go on to other specialized acommodation?
Any help would be greatly appreicated.
AnonymousInactiveFebruary 19, 2007 at 3:15 pmPost count: 20
you know i worry about this too ,my daughter is only 13 but i look for people with Adults with autism to see if they could give me any insite as to what the future might hold ,but honestly and quite scary they just seem to disappear and i havent been able to chat with anyone [:(] good luck
AnonymousInactiveFebruary 21, 2007 at 12:36 pmPost count: 12
i am a 17 year old girl with aspergers sydrome and having the same diffculty getting update information on my condition instead of younger children sufferers especially with the support groups my mum did not find them helpful due to this main overall reason it seems barriers are made to put in all directions to stop us achieving to our full potiential and it shouldn’t be this way at all it a different approach with other similiar neurological conditions such as A.D.H.D but it’s not fair and hurts me a great deal not getting the help we so need
AnonymousInactiveFebruary 21, 2007 at 7:31 pmPost count: 7
My husband has Aspergers and was only diagnosed at 35 years old, having struggled through lifes battlefields and social boundaries. But he holds a good job, has a loving family, a very caring father, an extremly loyal man, and we have been together for 16 years in march.
I think where Aspergers are the case with Adults, we have to look at the strengths of the condition not the weakness. The need for order and perfection, and routine are perfect traits for employment. People with Aspergers just see the world black and white, this condition has only been more widely diagnosed this side of the century. Before then these unique people were discribed as excentric, maybe on a different wavelength.
Life would be boring if we were all the same and we should celebrate these differences not look on them as a problem.
The road from child hood to being an adult is a hard one, but my husband says that you are able to understand your own condition and way of thinking and have the ability to control and change your own life more clearly as an adult.
I do agree that support is none existant for adult and adolences, any problems are different from childhood,for my husband the death of his little sister hard to bear and nearly had a breakdown coping with these thoughts and feelings.
But one thing I am not scared of his my son’s future as an adult because my husband is a fantastic rolemodel for him.
Sorry I may have waffled on but it is a pet topic for me, Aspergers have so many strengths as well as weakness.
AnonymousInactiveApril 11, 2007 at 5:20 pmPost count: 4
Not sure if you’re still monitoring this topic as I see it was posted several weeks ago, but I’m new to the forum and so haven’t been able to reply before. I’m aged 46 with AS, diagnosed about 6 years ago.
I think it’s difficult to generalise about the problems facing older people with AS, because differences in our backgrounds cause us to stress for different reasons. However I rely heavily on an informal support network of family and friends. I strongly advise anyone with AS to get involved with a local church as the best means to find support, since there is little provision by social services. Unless you’re one of the lucky few AS people who are able to marry, aim to save as much as you can while you’ve still got parental support, because you may find – as I have – that your earning capacity is diminished once you’re left on your own. I’m hoping to start freelance working from home, because I need to be able to set my own hours, but a confidence crisis is hindering me from getting started.
I’m happy to talk further if anyone has questions.
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