“Because of the valuable experience and skills that I gained from the MSD program, I had the confidence to develop new programs in different communities,” says Heidi.
“It wasn’t really until junior high that I felt any awkwardness,” says Kerri Vanderbom whose older sister Mari and brother Tobi taught her to play baseball, basketball and cruise around their neighborhood.
Mobility, which declines with aging, has been identified as one of the 10 hot topics in aging research, as walking difficulty reduces quality of life. Older adults who worry about their health engage in less physical activity, and those who participate in less activity are more likely to report having difficulty walking
It’s a perfect time of year to start healthy habits outdoors! According to assistant professor and Extension faculty Kathy Gunter, the simple act of taking a walk after dinner as a family may help children learn the value of physical activity.
Even minor modifications to your home can make it safer and more convenient for children and caregivers and increase the independence of the children with disabilities.