Sarcopenia: Facts and challenges

Eliezer Carmeli, Joav Merrick

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While age-related muscle atrophy (i.e. sarcopenia) in normal and healthy populations is widely recognized as a chronic loss of muscle mass, strength and function, there is currently no scientific information on the development, natural course and characteristics of sarcopenia among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The complex mechanisms underlying the development of sarcopenia among elderly persons with IDD have yet to be elucidated. This population is increasing and likely to be more vulnerable than individuals without intellectual disability. Furthermore, they frequently lack health prevention and rehabilitation services.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Across the Lifespan
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783319180960
ISBN (Print)9783319180953
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Psychology (all)


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