Sunday 31 August 2014

Impact of disabilities highlighted

Stressed man
One in three find it difficult to concentrate for even 10 minutes

MORE than one in three people with physical and sensory disabilities say they find it difficult to concentrate for as little as 10 minutes, writes Eilish O'Regan.

They are among nearly 24,000 adults and children on a voluntary national database of people with a range of conditions including multiple sclerosis, speech and language difficulties and arthritis.

Asked about difficulties with everyday activities, well over a third found it a problem concentrating for 10 minutes while 72pc could not stand for long periods.

Six in 10 had difficulty with household responsibilities and more than half found day-to-day work or school a strain, according to the annual report by the Health Research Board.

The greatest area of difficulty was dealing with the emotional effects of disability.

Irish Independent

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