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ECAGE is a 2 digit numeric variable reporting the eldercare recipient's age in years. This variable ranges from 0 to 85 except for 81-84 (see top codes).

Top codes:

85 years. Persons aged 80-84 are assigned a code of 80 and persons aged 85+ are assigned a code of 85.


ECAGE reports the age of the eldercare recipient.

For household members, this is the age on the diary day; for non-household members it is the person's age on the first of the month for the month corresponding to 3 months before the interview.

To see more detailed information about the age definition, users may refer to Adding Eldercare Questions to the American Time Use Survey.


ECAGE is comparable across time.


  • All eldercare recipient records.


  • 2011-2022