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Limiting long-term illness

The 2011 Census showed that in Herefordshire around 34 thousand people (approximately 19%) said that they had some form of limiting long-term health problem or disability – a slightly higher proportion compared to 2001 and nationally (both 18%). However, the proportion of residents of working age with a limiting long-term illness was marginally lower than the proportion nationally. The areas with highest reported levels were in areas in Bromyard, North Hereford and Leominster.  The 2011 Herefordshire Health and Well-being survey of adults found that by far the most common cause of long-term limiting illness were musculoskeletal problems, accounting for almost half of all cases.  It also found that 12% of adults were limited in their ability to bathe and dress themselves.