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Years have difficulty grasping objects

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For persons age 55 and older who, by herself/himself and not using aids, has a lot of difficulty or is unable to grasp or handle objects, FLGRASPYRS reports the number of years that this difficulty has persisted.

This variable is part of a series of variables related to the difficulty of doing various activities which may be expected in a work setting or in housework, and the number of years this difficulty has persisted. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+ who have difficulty grasping with fingers.


  • 1984