Physical training and well-being in older adults with mild intellectual disability: A residential care study

Eli Carmeli, Iris Orbach, Tzvia Zinger-Vaknin, Mohammed Morad, Joav Merrick

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Abstract

Background: Exercise is important for health and well-being. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of physical training on general well-being and self-image in older people with intellectual disability. Methods: This study evaluated older adults with intellectual disability in residential care in Israel. The concept of well-being perceived by the participants was measured by direct interview with a questionnaire consisting of 37 structural statements. The physical training programme was conducted three times a week for 10 consecutive months. Results: Statistical analyses suggested a positive relationship between perceived well-being and physical training between the experimental and control group. Conclusions: This positive relation supports the important role of physical training to improve perceived well-being among older adults with intellectual disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-465
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Intellectual disability
  • Physical training
  • Well-being

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