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Portrait of John, a older person with a learning disability

John's background

John lives in a group home with three younger men, but when he reached 65 he was 'retired' from the day centre he had been attending for many years.

The minibus still collects the other men each morning. The staff say: "He gets very angry and upset and we don’t know how to explain it to him in a way that will make sense."

Despite the barriers older people with learning disabilities experience, Pat, also from the GOLD group, says: "Getting old is not all bad. Some people are enjoying new things ... Sylvia cleans offices. John volunteers for the Salvation Army. Roger calls the bingo numbers at bingo. Tim is chairman of People First."

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