As modern medical technology has enabled us to live longer lives, for the first time in history, those affected by cerebral palsy are commonly starting to live well into their golden years. However, the fact this is only a recent development means that the challenges of living with cerebral palsy in old age are only now beginning to be explored.
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Individuals with CP may use up to three to five times the amount of energy that able-bodied people use when they walk and move about. Without knowing it was a thing, I practised pacing, I hurt a bit, and was the proud owner of a foot-drop splint which I wore sporadically. Half of study subjects who had stopped walking 10 of 20 were under the age of 14, and another eight were under the age of 35 when they stopped. Impaired physical coordination and cognitive skills can make it difficult for your loved one to brush or floss. The only large study of motor functioning that is truly longitudinal comes from the McMaster group that developed the GMFM.
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