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Key Stats - Disability

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In this section you will find information on disability and older people.



1. Prevalence of disability, 2006



      % of age/sex
Age Group Males Females Persons
0-14 4.8 2.9 3.8
15-44 5.5 5.4 5.4
45-64 12.7 12.0 12.4
65-69 19.4 18.0 18.7
70-74 22.2 23.0 22.7
75-79 29.2 32.7 31.2
80-84 38.1
44.9 42.3
85 & over 51.4 61.8 58.6
65 & over 26.6 31.9 29.5
All ages 9.0 9.6 9.3


Source: Table 2.8 Ageing in Ireland 2007 (CSO, 2007)/ CSO Census of Population



2.  National Disability Survey 2006 - First Results



Date of publication

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National Disability Survey 2006 - First Results Central Statistics Office (CSO) October 2008 Go to website or Download See below.


Some key findings

  • More than a third (36%) of all persons with a disability were aged 65 and over whereas this age group represented only 11% of the population. In contrast only 11% of persons with a disability were aged 0-17 (this age group represented 25% of the population).


  • Some disabilities affected particular age groups more than others. Three out of every four (75%) persons with a disability in the 0-17 age group had an Intellectual and learning difficulty. Among persons with a disability in the 75 and over age group, 83% had a Mobility and dexterity disability and almost half (48%) had a Pain difficulty.


  • Persons living in a nursing home, hospital or children’s home represented 8% of persons with a disability. They were mainly elderly with 62% of them aged 75 and over. A higher proportion of persons usually resident in a nursing home, hospital or children’s home had Mobility and dexterity (76%) and Remembering and concentrating (61%) difficulties compared to the corresponding rates for people with a disability usually resident in private households (55% and 32% respectively). They also reported much higher levels of severity with 63% unable to do certain everyday activities compared to 21% of people with a disability in private households.


The report also looks at the prevalence of disability in Ireland. The NDS included a broader range of disabilities than had been used previously. The survey found that disabilities relating to Pain and to Mobility and Dexterity were the most commonly reported with rates of 86 and 83 per thousand population respectively. The next most prevalent were Emotional, psychological and mental health, Remembering and concentrating difficulties and Breathing difficulties with rates of between 40 and 48 per thousand. The overall rate of disability for the population is estimated to be between 168 and 204 per thousand population.

Source: Press Release from CSO on National Disability Survey - First Results


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