Nearly Half of Americans with Disabilities Are Physically Inactive

Last week, reported that a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 47 percent of people with disabilities between ages 18 to 64 get no aerobic physical activity.

This is extremely troubling, as physical activity, even in a limited or monitored fashion, has been proven to extend the lives of people suffering from disabilities. Federal health officials said that of the 47 percent who get no physical activity, 50 percent are likely to have cancer, diabetes, stroke or heart disease.

“Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug,” Tom Frieden, director of the CDC said, according to “Unfortunately, many adults with disabilities don’t get regular physical activity.”

In addition to the 47 percent who do not get physical activity, 22 percent get some exercise, but “not enough”. reported that the numbers come from the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which is based on interviews with over 83,000 adults across the country, including more than 10,000 with disabilities.

The CDC acknowledged that most people with disabilities can do some form of exercising, although it admits that there are many known barriers because of conditions. The agency said that people with disabilities should talk to their healthcare providers or therapists about potential exercises or fitness routines.

I Have a Physical Disability. Do I Qualify For Social Security Benefits?

Unfortunately, many people who collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits simply do not have the resources or abilities to get proper exercise. This is why it is important to talk to your doctor about your disabilities and how they influence your health.

Remember, in order to qualify for SSDI benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses two different tests, including the “Duration of Work Test” and the “Recent Work Test”. These take into account how long you have worked, as well as how recently, in order to determine eligibility.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers


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