CDC: 1 in 4 U.S. Adults Has Disability

One in four U.S. adults has a disability that impacts major life activities, including 40 percent of adults age 65 and older, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common disability type – mobility, or serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs – affects one in seven adults. Other disabilities examined and their prevalence in adults include cognition (10.8 percent), independent living (6.8 percent), hearing (5.9 percent), vision (4.6 percent) and self-care (3.7 percent). The report also notes disability-specific differences in the ability to access health care. Generally, adults with vision disability report the least access to health care, while adults with self-care disability report the most access to care.

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