ERIC Number: ED417517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Aging, Mental Retardation and Physical Fitness.
Rimmer, James H.
This fact sheet uses a question-and-answer format to provide an overview of what physical fitness is and how it relates to people with mental retardation. Questions address the following topics: the fitness movement; a definition of physical fitness; the different components of physical fitness (muscle strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition, and cardiovascular endurance); the importance of each part of fitness to aging adults; evidence that the physical fitness of people with mental retardation is substantially poorer than that of the general population; the fitness levels of older adults with mental retardation; the physical aging process; the importance of older people with mental retardation becoming more active; and a five-step program for starting a structured exercise program for an aging adult with mental retardation. A list of suggested print and organizational resources is attached. (DB)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Definitions, Mental Retardation, Older Adults, Physical Fitness, Program Development, Quality of Life
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arc, Arlington, TX.; Illinois Univ., Chicago. Inst. on Disability and Human Development.