Polio Place

A service of Post-Polio Health International

Living With Polio

Millions of individuals who had polio are living in all areas of the world. Survivors range in age from a few months to nonagenarians (in their nineties). Aftereffects vary greatly depending on the number and location of the nerve cells destroyed by the poliovirus. The challenge or ease of living with polio varies for each survivor, depending on the availability of medical care and rehabilitation opportunities, and their family and social support.

Living with polio encompasses many topics. The goal is to expand this section to include more topics and to include representative information provided by polio survivors and health professionals from all over the world. Suggestions may be submitted through “Contact.”

Post-Polio Health International would like to thank Diane Young, daughter of polio survivor Grace Young, for granting permission to display her writings in this section. Grace, an occupational therapist, shared her professional knowledge tempered by her personal experience with the post-polio community from the late ‘80s until her death in 2009.

Excerpts are also from PHI’s 1999 version of its Handbook on the Late Effects of Poliomyelitis for Physicians and Survivors, edited by Frederick M. Maynard, MD, and Joan L. Headley, MS, and from other educational materials written for PHI.

The source of advice, hints, explanations, etc., included in each topic is identified at the end of each entry. 

Reminder: PHI’s post-polio.org and IVUN’s ventusers.org features numerous articles to assist in living with polio.

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