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HRS Mailout 1998
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No of children
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Self-reported health status
Other functional limitations
Doctor diagnosed diseases
Physical activity or exercise
Nursing home stay
Other medical care
Public health insurance
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Income from unemployment or other government transfers
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Investment retirement accounts
Stocks and bonds
Checking and savings
Mortgages and home loans
Total non-housing wealth
Current paid work
Labor force status
Current working hours
Current job characteristics
Current job tenure
When last job ended
Prob of receiving inheritance
Prob of leaving bequest
Prob of working full-time
Prob of work limiting health problem
Public pension receipt
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HRS Mailout 1998
First, here are some questions about your health. Would you say your health is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?
Has a doctor ever told you that you have high blood pressure or hypertension?
Do you still have high blood pressure?
In order to lower your blood pressure, are you now taking any medication?
In order to lower your blood pressure, have you lost weight or followed a special diet since we talked to you in 1998?
Is your blood pressure generally under control?
Compared to when we interviewed you in 1998, is your high blood pressure better, worse, or is it about the same as it was then?
Is your eyesight excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor? (using glasses or corrective lens as usual)
Persistent swelling in your feet or ankles?
Shortness of breath while awake?
Persistent dizziness or lightheadedness?
Back pain or problems?
Severe fatigue or exhaustion?
Persistent wheezing, cough, or bringing up phlegm?
How would you rate your memory at the present time? Would you say it is excellent, very good, good, fair or poor?
I felt depressed much of the time during the past week.
I enjoyed life much of the time during the past week.
I had a lot of energy during the past week
Aside from any hospital stays, how many times have you seen or talked to a medical doctor about your health, including emergency room or clinic visits in the last twelve months?
Were the costs for your doctor visits completely covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other health insurance, partly covered by insurance, or not covered at all by insurance?
About how much did you pay out-of-pocket for your doctor bills in the last 12 months?
Do you regularly take prescription medications?
Please list the prescription drugs you are currently taking regularly or use as needed for serious conditions.
Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with walking several blocks?
Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with sitting for about two hours?
Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with getting up from a chair after sitting for long periods?
Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with climbing several flights of stairs without resting?
Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with stooping, kneeling, or crouching?
Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with reaching or extending your arms above shoulder level?
Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with pulling or pushing large objects like a living roomchair?
Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with lifting or carrying weights over 10 pounds, like a heavy bag of groceries?
Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with picking up a dime from a table?.
I am not a worrier
I would rather keep my options open than plan everything in advance
Some people think I'm selfish and egotistical
I am easy-going and lackadaisical
I often crave excitement
Political leaders need to be more aware of the human side of their policies
I am easily frightened
I keep my belongings neat and clean
I try to be courteous to everyone I meet
I have a clear set of goals and work toward them in an orderly fashion
I wouldn't enjoy vacationing in Las Vegas
I'm hard-headed and tough-minded in my attitudes
I rarely feel fearful or anxious
I am not a very methodical person
Some people think of me as cold and calculating...
When I start a self-improvement program, I usually let it slide after a few days
I have sometimes done things just for "kicks" or "thrill"
We can never do too much for the poor and elderly
I often feel tense and jittery
I like to keep everything in its place so I know just where it is
I generally try to be thoughtful and considerate
I work hard to accomplish my goals
I tend to avoid movies that are shocking or scary...
I have no sympathy for panhandlers
I'm seldom apprehensive about the future
I never seem to be able to get organized
I'm not known for my generosity
I don't feel like I'm driven to get ahead
I like to be where the action is
Human need should always take priority over economic considerations
I often worry about things that might go wrong
I tend to be somewhat fastidious or exacting
Most people I know like me
I strive to achieve all I can
I love the excitement of roller coasters
I believe all human beings are worthy of respect...
I have fewer fears than most people
I'm not compulsive about cleaning
I think of myself as a charitable person
I strive for excellence in everything I do
I'm attracted to bright colors and flashy styles
I have sympathy for others less fortunate than me
Frightening thoughts sometimes come into my head
I spend a lot of time looking for things I've misplaced
I go out of my way to help others if I can
I'm something of a "workaholic."
I like being part of the crowd at sporting events
I would rather be known as "merciful" than as "just."
Have you spent any time in the past 12 months doing volunteer work for religious, educational, health-related or other charitable organizations?
Altogether,how many hours did you spend in the past 12 months doing volunteer work for such organizations? If you know the approximate amount, please write it in the space below. Otherwise, please circle one of the categories in the box. HOURS
Now we would like to update our information about how many living children you have and some basic facts about each one of them. How many living children do you have, including both your own and those of your spouse or partner if you are married or living with a partner.
First name of child
Lives with you?
Lives within 10 miles of you?
Number of children (your grandchildren)
Number of grandchildren (your great-grandchildren)
Have you moved since we last talked to you in 1998?
Where do you now live?
Do you (and your husband, wife, or partner if you are married or living with a partner) own your home, rent it, or what?
What is the present value of your home? That is, about what would it bring if it were sold today?
About how much do you pay?
Is your house or the building you live in a single story, two stories, or more than two stories?
Is all your living space on one floor?
How many rooms are there in your house or apartment, not counting bathrooms, hallways, or unfinished basements? 98. UNCERTAIN, CAN'T SAY
How about the physical condition of the house or the building you live in, would you say it is in excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor condition?
Would you say the safety of your neighborhood is excellent, very good, good, fair or poor?
Are you working now, temporarily laid off, unemployed and looking for work, disabled and unable to work, retired, a homemaker, or what?
Are you still working for the same employer you worked for at the last interview in 1998?
In what month and year did you last work for that employer?
Were there any months since your last interview when you did not work for the same employer?
Which months and years were these?
[Temporarily laid off or on leave] Do you expect to go back to your previous employer?
[Unemployed and looking for work] In what month and year did you become unemployed?
Do you expect to go back to your previous employer?
[You are disabled] Do you expect to go back to your previous employer?
[You are retired or a home maker] In what month and year did you last work?
What do you think are the chances that your income will keep up with inflation for the next five years?
What do you think are the chances that you will move in the next two years?
What are the chances that you (and your husband, wife, or partner, if you are married or living with a partner) will give financial help totaling $5,000 or more to grown children, relatives or friends over the next ten years?
What are the chances that you (and your husband, wife, or partner, if you are married or living with a partner) will receive financial help totaling $5,000 or more from your children, relatives or friends over the next 10 years?
In what month, day, and year were you born?
Do you consider yourself Hispanic or Latino?
Do you consider yourself primarily white or Caucasian, Black or African American, American Indian, or Asian, or something else?
Are you currently married, living with a partner, separated, divorced, widowed, or have you never been married?
Do you currently receive any income from Social Security?
How much was your Social Security check, or the amount deposited directly into an account, last month? (AFTER ANY DEDUCTIONS)
In what month and year did you start to receive Social Security benefits?
Do you expect to receive Social Security benefits at some time in the future?
At what age do you expect to start collecting these benefits?
If you start collecting Social Security benefits then, about how much do you expect the payments to be in today's dollars?
Do you (or your husband, wife, or partner, if you are married or living with a partner) have any shares of stock or stock mutual funds?
If you sold all those and paid off anything you owed on them, about how much would you have?
Do these stocks or mutual funds pay any dividends or interest?
About how much did you receive from stocks or stock mutual funds in 1998, before taxes and other deductions?
On the whole, did the questions seem clear or unclear?
Were there some specific questions that you enjoyed more than others?
Were there some specific questions that you found more difficult to answer than others?
As part of filling out this questionnaire, did you discuss the topics with any of the following people?
We are interested in knowing what avenues people use to gain access to information. Do you have the ability to use the World Wide Web (or Internet) from home or work?
Please add any comment that you wish in the space below
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