NIA: 40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability

Share this content:
NIA: 40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability
NIA: 40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability

(HealthDay News) -- Nearly 40 percent of Americans over the age of 65 -- about 16 million people -- live with at least one disability, according to a new National Institute on Aging report.

The report, released Tuesday, presents U.S. Census data from 2008 to 2012. The researchers found that people older than 85 accounted for 25.4 percent of all disabilities among seniors, although they represented only 13.6 percent of the overall senior population. Seniors aged 65 to 74 accounted for 37 percent of seniors with disabilities, while those aged 75 to 84 accounted for 37.6 percent. Women accounted for almost two-thirds (59 percent) of the seniors with disabilities. However, older men were far more likely than older women to have serious hearing problems -- 52.0 versus 32.3 percent. Other seniors more likely to have a disability included those with less than a high school education, those who lived alone or lived in or near poverty, and those who were widowed.

The report focused on six types of disability, including problems involving hearing, sight, thinking and memory, walking, self-care, and independent living. The most common type of disability was difficulty walking or climbing stairs, which was reported by two-thirds (66.5 percent) of seniors with a disability. Other common types of disability included problems with independent living (47.8 percent) and hearing problems (40.4 percent). The good news was that 61.3 percent of seniors didn't have any of the six types of disability measured in the report.

While 15.9 percent of seniors had at least one disability, 8.0 percent had at least two and 14.7 percent had three or more disabilities. Three or more types of disability were reported by 7.0 percent of those aged 65 to 74, 16.5 percent of those aged 75 to 84, and 41.5 percent of those older than 85. "Disability can be reduced with improved medical treatment, positive behavioral changes, wider use of assistive technologies, rising education levels, and improvements in socioeconomic status," according to the report.

More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

FDA OKs Doptelet for Liver Dz Patients Undergoing Procedures

FDA OKs Doptelet for Liver Dz Patients Undergoing ...

Doptelet reduces the need for platelet transfusion or any rescue therapy on day of procedure

Slower Decline in Lung Function With Anthocyanin Intake

Slower Decline in Lung Function With Anthocyanin Intake

Slower annual rates of decline in FEV1 and FVC for those in highest quartile of anthocyanin intake

Bioengineering Feasible for Airway Reconstruction

Bioengineering Feasible for Airway Reconstruction

Bioengineered tracheal and bronchial reconstruction reported using stented aortic matrices

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »