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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults with Activity Limitations, by Age Group and Type of Limitation* — National Health Interview Survey,† United States, 2014

	The figure above is a bar chart showing that in 2014, the percentages of adults aged ≥18 years with limitations in activities of daily living (ADLs) and limitations in instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) increased with age. Adults aged ≥75 years were most likely to require the help of another person when performing ADLs (10.6%) and IADLs (18.8%).

* Percentages shown with 95% confidence intervals. Limitations in ADLs are based on response to the question, “Because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, does [person] need the help of other persons with personal care needs, such as eating, bathing, dressing, or getting around inside this home?” Respondents were asked to answer regarding themselves and other family members living in the same household. Limitations in IADLs are based on response to the question, “Because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, does [person] 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?” Respondents were asked to answer regarding themselves and other family members living in the same household.

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey Family Core component. Unknowns were excluded from the denominators when calculating percentages.

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In 2014, the percentages of adults aged ≥18 years with limitations in activities of daily living (ADLs) and limitations in instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) increased with age. Adults aged ≥75 years were most likely to require the help of another person when performing ADLs (10.6%) and IADLs (18.8%).
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2014 data (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm).
Reported by: Patricia F. Adams; Michael E. Martinez, MPH, MHSA, bmd7@cdc.gov, 301-458-4758.

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Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults with Activity Limitations, by Age Group and Type of Limitation — National Health Interview Survey,† United States, 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:14. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6501a6.

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