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aging, exercise, fitness, physical activity



  1. Hall, Jamie M. PT, DPT
  2. Thomas, M. Janet OTR/L, MEd


Increasing physical activity among all Americans is a public health priority. Physical inactivity contributes to the development of many secondary health complications such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Older adults with developmental disabilities must also participate in physical activity to prevent these types of secondary health complications. The purpose of this article is to review the consequences of inactivity among older adults with developmental disabilities and the benefits of exercise for this population. Barriers to physical activity and ways to promote activity in this population are discussed. The article will also review public health initiatives and community programming efforts to increase activity in older adults with developmental disabilities. Finally, some basic suggestions to promote fitness among individuals with developmental disabilities are also reviewed.