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More than half of King County adults age 75 and older had 1 or more specific activity limitation.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) led the U.S. Census Bureau to focus its disability questions on 6 common types of limitations likely to require accommodation under the ADA. 

9 percent of all King County residents reported at least 1 of the 6 types of activity limitations that can lead to disability: ambulation, cognition, independent living, hearing, self-care, and vision.

  • Activity limitations increased steeply with age, and affected half of men and women age 75 and older.
  • Only for youth age 5 to 17 did the rate of activity limitation differ significantly by gender: males age 5-17 were more likely than females to have some activity limitation.
  • Multiple limitations were more common among older adults.  43% of adults 65-74 and 64% of those 75 and older reported more than 1 type of limitation (data not shown).