Disability among persons aged 65 and over
Mobility problems affect eight
in ten seniors with disabilities
Mobility problems affect more than 1,1 million persons aged 65 and over, or nearly eight persons in ten with disabilities. Nationally, 23.3% of adults aged 65 to 74 reported having mobility problems, and the rate climbed to 42.9% for those 75 and over.
Women are more likely to have mobility difficulties. Among those with a disability, nearly 84% had difficulty moving about. By comparison, 70% of men with disabilities aged 65 and over reported having mobility problems. Notwithstanding the fact that the average age of women is certainly greater than that of men in that same age group, there is a substantial difference between the sexes.
Activity limitations related to memory problems are often associated with aging. Among adults aged 65 and over, 153,000 persons reported being limited by memory problems or periods of confusion, representing 4.3% of Canadian seniors. Among seniors with disabilities, one person in ten reported having limitations in everyday activities related to memory problems. The proportion of persons with this disability increases with age up to age 85. From that point on, PALS results show a slight decline in activity limitations due to memory problems but this drop is not significant.
Men with disabilities aged 65 and over are more likely to be limited in their activities by memory problems (12.5%), compared to women with disabilities in the same age group (9.1%). However, the difference between the sexes was not significant among adults aged 85 and over.