Although people with disabilities sometimes have a harder time getting and staying healthy than people without disabilities, there are things we can all do to get and stay healthy.
Tips for leading a long and healthy life:
· Be physically active every day.
· Eat healthy foods in healthy portions.
· Don't smoke.
· If you drink alcoholic beverages, drink in moderation.
· Get help for substance abuse.
· Stay in touch with family and friends.
· If you need help, talk with your health care professional.
Adults of all shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active, including those with disabilities. For important health benefits, all adults should do both aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activities. Regular aerobic physical activity increases heart and lung functions; improves daily living activities and independence; decreases chances of developing chronic diseases; and improves mental health.
Adults with disabilities should try to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (i.e., brisk walking; wheeling oneself in a wheelchair) or at least 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity (i.e., jogging, wheelchair basketball) or a mix of both moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activities each week.
Muscle-strengthening activities should include moderate and high intensity, and involve all major muscle groups on two or more days a week (i.e., working with resistance-band, adapted yoga) as these activities provide additional health benefits. All children and adolescents should do 1 hour (60 minutes) or more of physical activity each day.
If a person with a disability is not able to meet the physical activity guidelines, they should engage in regular physical activity based on their abilities and should avoid inactivity.
More than 1 million disabled people live alone in the UK, and many more
lead independent lives with help
The Equality and Human Rights Commission says that 58% of people over 50
will have a long-term health condition by 2020.
More people are living with a disability now than in the past because
we’re living longer, and improved medical treatments are enabling more people
to manage long-term health problems.
Older people are more likely to develop a disability and most disabled
people are adults. More than 11 million people in the UK are disabled, around
6% of whom are children.