Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive condition, but that doesn’t mean a person’s health or mobility needs don’t change as they get older. Years of altered postures, altered movement patterns, seizures, medication and constant use of equipment all take their toll on the body.
Just as it’s important to teach children with cerebral palsy how to make the best of their bodies, into adulthood, it’s about doing everything possible to maintain mobility.
Nipping issues in the bud
New equipment, new workplace setting, new home, new child…arguably life throws just as many challenges at us as adults as when we are children. Knowing your condition and how to manage pain, muscle stiffness, and any other issues around balance or falls is just as important as you get older. There may not be as much obvious help available, but it is there.
- Bobath Scotland: are happy to speak to anyone who has a query about the management of cerebral palsy in adults. They offer a free initial consultation and reduced rates through the Helping Hands Scheme. Adult therapy can also be funded through Self-Directed Support payments or self-funded.
- Capability Scotland: can offer advice and provide pointers to adult services you may find useful.
- Scope: offer some further reading on CP and ageing.
Everyone’s body gradually deteriorates with age. For those living with a lifelong condition like cerebral palsy there can be additional problems such as; pain, osteoarthritis, muscle tightness, joint problems, urinary tract problems and greater fatigue.
Knowing how to manage your condition as your needs change can make a huge difference to staying well. Regular therapy can help with mobility, reduce pain and can negate the need for surgery.