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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥45 Years Who Need Help with Routine Activities* by Age Group and Selected Race/Ethnicity — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2011

The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged ≥45 years who need help with routine activities, by age group and selected race/ethnicity in the United States during 2011. Needing help with routine activities increased steadily with age for all racial/ethnic groups. Non-Hispanic blacks were more likely to need help with routine activities compared with Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites among those aged 45-74 years. Among adults aged 45-54 years, Hispanics were least likely to need help with routine activities. However, the pattern changes among adults aged ≥75 years; Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks were both more likely to need help with routine activities than non-Hispanic whites.

* Estimates are based on an affirmative response to the question, "Because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, do you need the help of other persons in handling routine needs, such as everyday household chores, doing necessary business, shopping, or getting around for other purposes?"

95% confidence interval.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged ≥45 years who need help with routine activities, by age group and selected race/ethnicity in the United States during 2011. Needing help with routine activities increased steadily with age for all racial/ethnic groups. Non-Hispanic blacks were more likely to need help with routine activities compared with Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites among those aged 45-74 years. Among adults aged 45-54 years, Hispanics were least likely to need help with routine activities. However, the pattern changes among adults aged ≥75 years; Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks were both more likely to need help with routine activities than non-Hispanic whites.


Needing help with routine activities increased steadily with age for all racial/ethnic groups. Non-Hispanic blacks were more likely to need help with routine activities compared with Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites among those aged 45–74 years. Among adults aged 45–54 years, Hispanics were least likely to need help with routine activities. However, the pattern changes among adults aged ≥75 years; Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks were both more likely to need help with routine activities than non-Hispanic whites.

Sources: CDC. National Health Interview Survey, 2011.

CDC. Health Data Interactive. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hdi.htm.

Reported by: LaJeana D. Howie, MPH, lhowie@cdc.gov, 301-458-4611.


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