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Get help preparing meals: Nonrelative not in HH

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For sample persons age 55 and older in 1984, and age 65 and older in 1986, who, due to a health or physical problem, has difficulty preparing her/his own meals when by her/himself and not using any special equipment, and who receives help when engaging in such an activity, FLMEALHNRNOT reports if she/he receives help from a nonrelative not in the household and, if so, if the help is paid for or not.

This variable is part of a series of variables related to the difficulty of doing various activities due to a physical/mental health condition, the use of help from others to carry on such activities, and the number of years this difficulty has persisted. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IHIS weights.


  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+ who have difficulty preparing own meals and receive help from another person preparing own meals.
  • 1986: Persons age 65+ who do not usually stay in bed all or most of the time and have difficulty preparing their own meals and receive help from another person in preparing meals.


  • 1984, 1986