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Physical Activities for Adults with Disabilities

Physical activities and exercise can help adults with disabilities achieve their mental and physical potential. Bowling, exercise classes, gardening, team sports, dancing, and swimming are all activities that can be used to promote good holistic health while having fun.

According to the guidelines published in “Frontiers in Public Health” in April of 2014, older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are encouraged to participate in a minimum of 150 minutes per week of age-appropriate moderate-to-low intensity exercise. This report suggests that when group activities are combined with exercise and social interaction, it could enhance your loved one’s enjoyment and motivation.

Art Activities for Adults with Disabilities

Art is a viable way of expressing emotions and feelings, especially when someone isn’t able to do so through traditional means. As a result, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities respond well to therapy involving arts and crafts.

Art therapy inspires creativity and can be used to encourage adults of all ages. Whether it’s creating with canvas, educational coloring books, making jewelry, scrap booking, or any other type of art therapy; you and your loved one will spend hours creating. A few of the most popular art activities for adults with disabilities include:

  • Developing origami
  • Beading activities
  • Crafting with clay
  • Creating paper mache
  • Reusing and recreating
  • Creative toys
  • Decorating with paint
  • Creating with fabric

For more fun ideas please visit https://communitymainstreaming.org/activities-for-adults-with-intellectual-developmental-disabilities/

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Tri-Cities Residential Services is a Person Centered organization that teaches essential life skills and provides support to individuals with disabilities. TCRS maximizes their ability to function independently and effectively by promoting an environment that enhances the individual’s self-esteem, personal growth and self-sufficiency.