47 of 100 Disabled are Older Adults


A study by the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) found more than 1.63 million people (5.2% of the population) have some kind of disability.

“Older people” is defined as anyone 65+ years old. 46.6% of people with disabilities are 65 and older, 43.8% are 15 to 64 years old and 9.6% are 15 years old and younger. 97.4% of the population with disabilities have a National Identity Document (DNI), a  lower percentage than the group without disabilities (99.2%).

Regarding marital status, 34.2% of people with disabilities are married, which is higher than people without disabilities (27%); but the proportion of cohabitants is lower (9.7%) than in the group of people without disabilities (23.4%).

It is worth mentioning that 25% reach the secondary level of education.

83% suffer from a chronic disease or malaise. 

Regarding poverty, the difference between people with disabilities (21.5%) and those without disabilities (20.7%) is very small (0.8 percentage points).

Likewise, access to state food aid programs reaches a lower proportion of households with at least one person with disabilities (28.4%) than those with persons without disabilities (33%). By contrast, non-food programs reach a higher percentage of households with at least one person with disabilities (34.5%) than those without persons with disabilities (25.6%).

Roughly, 45% of people with disabilities are part of the “Economically Active Population” (EAP), which is 30 points less than the 73.4% of people without disabilities

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