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Title: Effectiveness of a life story work program on older adults with intellectual disabilities
Authors: Bai, X 
Fung, K
Tang, L
He, M
Young, KW
Ho, F
Kwok, T
Keywords: Effectiveness
Intellectual disabilities
Life story book
Life story work
Older adults
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Dove Medical Press
Source: Clinical interventions in aging, 2014, v. 9, p. 1865-1872 How to cite?
Journal: Clinical interventions in aging 
Abstract: 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.
ISSN: 1176-9092
EISSN: 1178-1998
DOI: 10.2147/CIA.S56617
Rights: © 2014 Bai et al. This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. The full terms of the License are available at Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. Permissions beyond the scope of the License are administered by Dove Medical Press Limited. Information on how to request permission may be found at:
The following publication Bai, X., Ho, D. W. H., Fung, K., Tang, L., He, M., Young, K. W., . . . Kwok, T. (2014). Effectiveness of a life story work program on older adults with intellectual disabilities. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 9, 1865-1872 is available at
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