Disability and Functioning

Data are for the U.S.

Selected sensory problems
  • Percent of adults aged 18 and over with difficulty hearing: 14.6%
  • Percent of adults aged 18 and over with difficulty seeing: 16.4%

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

Difficulties in physical functioning
  • Percent of adults aged 18 and over with difficulty walking or climbing steps: 18.6%

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

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: 24.8 million (2018)
  • Percent of adults aged 18 and over reporting a lot of difficulty or cannot do at all in at least one domain of functioning: 10.2% (2018)
  • Number of adults aged 65 and over reporting a lot of difficulty or cannot do at all in at least one domain of functioning: 11.0 million (2018)
  • Percent of adults aged 65 and over reporting a lot of difficulty or cannot do at all in at least one domain of functioning: 21.9% (2018)

Source: Health, United States, 2019, table 15 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Related FastStats

More data

Page last reviewed: October 20, 2021