U.S. residents are telling survey teams that they suffer from more restrictions on activities of daily living (ADLs).
Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published ADL limit figures in a summary of results from the 2011 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
Long-term care insurance (LTCI) companies often use information about limits on ADLs, such as walking and dressing, to decide whether the people they insure are eligible for LTCI benefits.
The NHIS interview sample excludes people who are already in nursing homes or other long-term care (LTC) institutions.
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But, even within the NHIS survey sample — which included data on 101,875 people in 40,496 U.S. families in 2011 — the percentage of people ages 18 and older who are reporting having limits on ADLs has been increasing.