Now a days people can expect to live longer lives and the SCI community is no exception. In recent decades rates have dramatically increased. In 1940 the average expectancy after SCI was just 18 months, but by 1998 expectancy was much closer to that of the general population. Thanks to better survival rates from initial injuries, better treatment and understanding of secondary injuries such as bladder infections and pneumonia, life expectancy continues to improve.
As you age with SCI you will experience the same health issues that affect everybody, so the goals are the same. Minimise the impact of ageing and to maintain independence, overall health, and a good quality of life.