Does cerebral palsy get worse with age?
The answer to this question is both yes and no. The condition itself remains stable, but its effects on one’s body and quality of life may become considerably worse as one’s body ages.
Adults with cerebral palsy age faster
The process of aging is accelerated because adults with CP use up much more energy than a healthy person when completing simple everyday tasks. This stress and strain causes their bodies to deteriorate at a faster rate.
This faster aging will show usually between the ages of 30 and 40. It will manifest as increased pain and more difficulty moving due to stiff muscles and overstrained joints.
The life expectancy of adults suffering from cerebral palsy is about the same as that of the general population. However, their quality of life may be much worse.
Another significant problem for adults with CP is the risk of becoming depressed. The effort they have to put into everyday life is often exhausting, and the inability to live independently which often accompanies the disease is frustrating. Adults with CP may feel useless. It’s not hard to imagine why they fall prey to depression four times as often as healthy adults.
It is important to live a life as full and passionate as possible. It is not only possible but necessary to have a daily job for most adults with CP. Going out and interacting with other people may give life a delicious flavour and bring joy. Having hobbies and interest can also help one to lead an interesting life.