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Disability and Functioning (Adults)

Data are for the U.S.

Noninstitutionalized adults 18 years and older: Selected sensory problems

  • Number of adults with hearing trouble: 37.6 million
  • Percent of adults with hearing trouble: 16.0%
  • Number of adults with vision trouble: 20.6 million
  • Percent of adults with vision trouble: 8.8%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, tables 11, 12 [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Noninstitutionalized adults 18 years and older: Difficulties in physical functioning

  • Number of adults unable (or very difficult) to walk a quarter mile: 17.2 million
  • Percent of adults unable (or very difficult) to walk a quarter mile: 7.3%
  • Number of adults with any physical functioning difficulty: 35.2 million
  • Percent of adults with any physical functioning difficulty: 15.0%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, tables 18, 19 [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Noninstitutionalized adults 18 years and older: Basic or complex activity limitations

  • Number of adults with at least one basic actions difficulty or complex activity limitation: 73.5 million (2012)
  • Percent of adults with at least one basic actions difficulty or complex activity limitation: 31.9% (2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 49 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Noninstitutionalized adults 65 years and older: Need help with personal care

  • Percent of adults 65-74 years who need help with personal care from other persons: 3.3%
  • Percent of adults 75 years and over who need help with personal care from other persons: 10.5%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 5 [PDF - 1 MB]

Noninstitutionalized adults 65 years and older: Basic or complex activity limitations

  • Number of adults 65 years and older with at least one basic actions difficulty or complex activity limitation: 23.6 million (2012)
  • Percent of adults 65 years and older with at least one basic actions difficulty or complex activity limitation: 58.7% (2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 49 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

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