Frontline Initiative Aging

The Real Scoop

Welcome to The Real Scoop. Clifford is a self-advocate who has been politically active for years. He’s here to give you his spin on how to deal with issues you face as you forge ahead in your role as a Direct Support Professional (DSP). Seth has been a DSP for many years, and he loves to give advice. He may ruffle your feathers, but hey, it’s for your own good! Clifford and Seth tackle this one with a few suggestions.

Older People With Disabilities Just Want to Have Fun

Dear Seth and Cliff,

I need some advice, I am a DSP working with four adults, three men and one woman, who are in their 60’s. What are some of the important things I should know about providing age-appropriate supports to these individuals?

— Looking Ahead

Dear Looking Ahead,

You may want to check and see if the town or county in which you work has services for people who are aging. Your state government should have an agency on aging, so check with the state as well. Also, you will want to make sure that the house is accessible and that the people you support can reach stuff and get around within the house.

— Cliff

Dear Looking Ahead,

These folks want to have fun and be touched, enlightened, and engaged. Socialization in the community, such as museums, theatre, movies, dancing, the park, the zoo, and sporting events, can keep you and the people you support busy, happy, and engrossed. Matter of fact, that’s just what I would want.

— Seth