In this study, extremely low physical activity and fitness levels among older adults with intellectual disabilities were demonstrated. Although the importance of physical activity for health has been recognised in the field of people with ID, only few welldesigned studies with a substantial amount of participants evaluated the health-related effectiveness of physical activity programmes among people with ID, mostly children or adults with mild ID. The development of a physical activity and fitness programme for ageing people with ID, results of implementation and execution, and programme’s effects are described in this thesis.

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Keywords Physical Activity and Fitness Programmes, Ageing Adults, Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Promotor H.M. Evenhuis (Heleen) , S.M. Bierma-Zeinstra (Sita) , F.J. van Lenthe (Frank) , L. Maes (Lea)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
Sponsor The work presented in this thesis was financially supported by: ZonMw (the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development) Intellectual Disability Medicine, Department of General Practice, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Abrona, Huis ter Heide, the Netherlands Amarant, Tilburg, The Netherlands Ipse de Bruggen, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
ISBN 978-94-6169-600-7
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van Schijndel-Speet, M. (2015, February 11). An evidence-based Physical Activity and Fitness Programme for Ageing Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from