Disability and Functioning

Data are for the U.S.

Selected sensory problems
  • Percent of adults aged 18 and over with any difficulty hearing: 13.8% (2020)
  • Percent of adults aged 18 and over with any difficulty seeing: 16.6% (2020)

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2019-2020

Difficulties in physical functioning
  • Percent of adults aged 18 and over with any difficulty walking or climbing steps: 18.0% (2020)

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2019-2020

Level of reported difficulty in six domains of functioning (seeing, hearing, mobility, communication, cognition, self-care)
  • Number of adults aged 18 and over reporting a lot of difficulty or cannot do at all in at least one domain of functioning: 22.7 million (2019)
  • Percent of adults aged 18 and over reporting a lot of difficulty or cannot do at all in at least one domain of functioning: 9.0% (2019)
  • Number of adults aged 65 and over reporting a lot of difficulty or cannot do at all in at least one domain of functioning: 10.2 million (2019)
  • Percent of adults aged 65 and over reporting a lot of difficulty or cannot do at all in at least one domain of functioning: 19.3% (2019)

Source: Health, United States, 2020-2021, table FxLimit [PDF – 9.8 MB]

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Page last reviewed: September 6, 2022