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How Does CP Affect Aging?

Transitions through life can be hard enough, but for someone with cerebral palsy the future can hold additional challenges and secondary conditions.

While cerebral palsy is a non-progressive condition (it’s effects won’t worsen as you get older) difficulties will change slightly as a person develops, and new physical problems can emerge during the aging process.

You are probably aware that there is an abundance of information available relating to cerebral palsy and children, whereas there is little research on its effect on aging. This is because until recently,people with cerebral palsy haven’t lived long enough for studies to really understand what happens to us as time wears on. In the last 15 years, however, advances in research and medical care have meant that people affected by cerebral palsy now have a similar life expectancy to those living without a disability.

Life expectancy may be shortened in profound cases of CP where severe impact on the posture has compressed internal organs.

Symptoms of Aging

A lifetime of living with cerebral palsy may mean that a person starts to feel the effects of aging quicker, and much earlier than others. While some people may lose no more function than others their age, others may find that a lifetime of abnormal movement and medication gives them significant problems as they get older including:

  • Increased pain and discomfort
  • Declining mobility
  • Falls
  • Fatigue
  • Long term effects of medication
  • Increased anxiety
  • Lack of strength
  • Early cases of arthritis

No two individuals with cerebral palsy will ever have the same experience, and the aging process is guaranteed to affect some people more than others.

Therapy should be adapted throughout an individual’s lifetime to help them cope with the struggles they face as they get older. Regular exercise, socialising and good nutrition are also recommended to lessen the stresses of aging and improve the general health and wellbeing of the individual.

We understand that many children with cerebral palsy go on to lead full, meaningful, and happy lives. The team of parents, caregivers, and health practitioners has the responsibility to help the child achieve this goal.

If you believe that your child has cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. You can call Express Solicitors on 0161 904 4660 to obtain advice from a specialist solicitor who will discuss the case with you and provide you with confidential advice on the options available to you.

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