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Reason fell, past 12 months: Had weakness or numbness in legs

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For sample adults who fell in the past 12 months (FELYR) or sample adults in 2016 who fell at least once a month in the past 12 months (FELMONTHLYR), FELWHYNUMB indicates whether persons fell (during the past 12 months) because they had weakness or numbness in one or both legs. Earlier in the survey, interviewers told persons that a fall was defined as, "unexpectedly dropping to the floor or ground from a standing, walking or bending position."

The question for this variable occurred as part of the Sample Adult Balance Supplement, sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.


Please see the Universe tab for information on how the universe changed over time for this variable; this may affect comparability.


  • 2008: Sample adults age 18+ who have fallen during the past 12 months.
  • 2016: Sample adults age 18+ who have fallen at least once a month in the past 12 months.


  • 2008, 2016