Policy makers and the welfare system need to respond to the unique needs and expectations of ageing people with a lifelong intellectual disability (ID). Lack of physical activity, along with functional decline, may result in falls-yet little attention has been paid to the balance capability of older adults with ID. A total of 27 participants, chosen from a sample of foster home residents in Haifa, Israel, were assigned to two groups for this study: group A underwent a 6-month balance training programme and group B underwent a 6-month muscle strengthening programme. The evaluation procedures included the short-form health survey questionnaire, a physical performance test and a functional reach test. The results showed improvements in function between baseline tests and post-training programme tests in both groups, yet group A demonstrated a more significant improvement in balance capability and general health.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation|
|State||Published - 1 Oct 2004|
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- Intellectual disability
- Muscle strengthening
- Physical training
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation