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Helper and payment for dressing help: 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 getting dressed when by herself/himself and not using any special equipment, and who receives help when engaging in such an activity, LADRESSHNRNOT reports if she/he receives help from a nonrelative not in the household and, if so, if the help is paid for.

If the person receives help from more than one person in the same category, and some are paid while others not, the help is denoted as paid for.

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 dressing and receive help from another person dressing.
  • 1986: Persons age 65+ who have difficulty dressing because of a health or physical problem and receive help from another person dressing.


  • 1984, 1986