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Ever had Alzheimer's disease

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For sample persons age 55 and over, this variable indicates if the respondent ever had Alzheimer's disease. A definition of Alzheimer's was not provided to respondents and was assumed to be defined by the respondent. The inquiry did not require diagnosis by a medical doctor or health professional.


This variable was part of the 1984 Supplement on Aging, which asked respondents if they had or ever had vision, hearing, heart, and bone conditions and other impairments.

Related Variables

Along with ALZHEIMEV, respondents were asked if they ever had any of 12 other conditions and could indicate as many as necessary.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+.


  • 1984