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LAMEMDIFOFT
How often have difficulty remembering

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Description

Respondents reported how often they had difficulty remembering.

Comparability

This variable is not comparable between 1984 and 2010-forward because of substantive differences in the universe. In 1984 this question is asked of all sample persons aged 55 and older who did not use a proxy respondent. Beginning in 2010, it is asked of sample adults in the relevant disability supplement(s) who have difficulty remembering and/or concentrating (or for whom this was unknown).

In 2010, this item was collected for sample adults who completed the Quality of Life supplement (administered to approximately a quarter of sample adults). In 2011-2017, this item was collected for sample adults who completed the Adult Functioning and Disability supplement (administered to a subset of sample adults). Beginning in 2018, this item was included on the sample adult questionnaire. Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the information was collected) may affect raw frequencies for 2010-forward, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IPUMS NHIS weights.

Universe

  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+ who did not use a proxy respondent.
  • 2010: One fourth of sample persons age 18+, included in quality of life supplement (and not included in family disability supplement), who have difficulty remembering, or have difficulty remembering and concentrating (or for whom it was unknown if they have difficulty remembering).
  • 2011-2017: Sample adults 18+ who were selected to receive the Family Disability questions and had some difficulty, a lot of difficulty, or were unable to remember or concentrate, or refused to answer or didn't know if they had difficulty remembering or concentrating AND they had difficulty remembering only, difficulty both remembering and concentrating, or refused to answer or didn't know if they had difficulty remembering, concentrating, or both.
  • 2018: Sample adults 18+ who had some difficulty, a lot of difficulty, or were unable to remember or concentrate, or refused to answer or didn't know if they had difficulty remembering or concentrating AND they had difficulty remembering only, difficulty both remembering and concentrating, or refused to answer or didn't know if they had difficulty remembering, concentrating, or both.

Availability

  • 1984, 2010-2018

Weights