Cerebral Palsy

You can find ways to feel better at any age

over-50s


"Before the 1950s, few people with cerebral palsy survived into adulthood, now 65% to 90% of children with cerebral palsy survive and have a normal life expectancy." (*Source below)

As you grow older it’s important to recognise that the effects of your cerebral palsy will change both physically, and emotionally. The key to leading a healthy life well into old age is to look after mind and body. After all, one keeps the other strong.

Carrying out physical tasks and activities can become more difficult as you get older and require more time and energy compared with when you were younger. You may worry more about falling and breaking something or your ability to get back up again.

If you’re experiencing physical changes in what you can do, whether it’s strength, balance, or range of movement seek help. Perhaps like Jackie Maciera it’s been decades since you’ve had any physiotherapy, and after reading his story you’ll be inspired.

*Source: ‘Ageing with a lifelong condition. The experience and perception of older people with cerebral palsy.’ Kevin Paterson and Nick Watson.

Social changes

As you get older you may also feel:

  • More vulnerable
  • Less able to manage tasks without assistance
  • That tasks take longer and use more energy to complete
  • Your concentration decreases.
  • Your confidence levels change
  • You may worry more about going out

The importance of an Annual Self Check

Doing an Annual Self Check is a good way to monitor your condition. Whatever changes are affecting your quality of life, take action. There may be ways to increase your mobility, reduce pain, manage health concerns or pinpoint the additional support your need.

Seek help, stay active

Adult services vary from area to area, but you can find the details of your local specialist point of contact in where to go for help or find support in your area, from services such as your local NHS Pain Management Clinic or groups like Riding for the Disabled. Bobath Scotland are also 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.

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Jackie's Story

“I never thought about ageing I just carried on… physiotherapy even at my age has made a huge difference to how I can move.”

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