Aging, exercise and persons with intellectual disability

Eli Carmeli, Joav Merrick, Joav Merrick, Joav Merrick

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This review deals with the rational and the outcomes to promote physical exercise to adults with intellectual disability (ID). With increasing life expectancy and improving care and awareness the numbers of aged persons with ID is steadily increasing. Research indicates that physical activity for aged people decreases a person's risk of many chronic diseases including diabetes, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis and depression in one hand, and promotes a high level wellness i.e., cognitive, emotional and physical function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging
  • Israel
  • exercise
  • intellectual disability
  • physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing


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