5 Common Challenges for Adults with CP
Did you know that each year, approximately every two to three children out of 1,000 are born with cerebral palsy in Europe? The prevalence of CP has been slightly increasing the last 40 years, meaning that adults with CP represent a growing population .
From the frustrations of limited mobility to the physical pain of a chronic illness, adulthood presents its own hurdles. Yet, with a healthcare system that dedicates most of its efforts to treating children with CP, these problems often go unnoticed. So what sorts of challenges does living with cerebral palsy present, and what can we do about them?
Studies have shown that a significant percentage of individuals with CP that were once mobile stopped ambulating, mostly because of fatigue, joint pain and inefficiency of gait, causing them to lose the ability to walk in adulthood. These mobility problems combined with fatigue and chronic pain can make the journey into the world of work a tough one.
It has been proved that individuals with cerebral palsy have permanent neurological impairment, which compromises mobility, motor function and balance. In work life, this means that he or she may not be able to stand for longer periods of time, get tired more easily, or have trouble doing certain tasks. Depending on the severity of the individual’s CP, and the nature of the person’s work, the workplace will have to make certain accommodations.