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Receive help from another person, using toilet

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For sample persons age 55 and older in 1984, and age 65 and older in 1986, who have difficulty using the toilet, LATOILTGHELP reports if she/he receives help from other people when using the toilet.

This variable was introduced in 1984 as 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 the universe will reduce comparability over time. In 1984, this question was asked of sample persons age 55 and older and in 1986, it was asked of persons age 65 and older. See the Universe tab for more details.


  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+ who have difficulty using the toilet.
  • 1986: Persons age 65+ who have difficulty using the toilet.


  • 1984, 1986