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Going outside: Use special equipment

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For all sample persons who need help and/or use special equipment when getting outside in 1979 and 1980, and for persons age 55 and older in 1984 and age 65 and older in 1986 who have difficulty getting outside due to a health or physical problem, LAGOUTEQPYN reports if she/he uses special equipment when engaging in this activity.

This variable is part of a series of variables related to the difficulty of doing various activities due to a physical/mental 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.


  • 1979-1980: Persons who need help or special equipment in going outside.
  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+ who had difficulty getting outside.
  • 1986: Persons age 65+ who have difficulty getting outside.


  • 1979-1980, 1984, 1986