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NIA Online Publication Features Health And Retirement Study

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A comprehensive new publication, Growing Older in America: The Health & Retirement Study, is now available online.

This compendium offers a view of older Americans' health, work and economic status, as well as retirement and family lives. It is based on analyses of data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a national survey of Americans over age 50.

The online publication is intended to familiarize policymakers, researchers, health and retirement experts, the news media and others with the HRS. A major goal of the study, which is unique in providing data on the combined health and economic conditions of older Americans over time, is to help address the scientific and policy challenges posed by the nation's rapidly aging population.

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Growing Older in America: The Health & Retirement Study describes the survey's development and offers a snapshot of diverse research findings. More than 65 colorful figures and tables illustrate the text. PDF and plain-text editions of Growing Older in America: The Health & Retirement Study can be accessed at www.nia.nih.gov.

Launched in 1992, the HRS is sponsored by the NIA under a cooperative agreement with the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. The study follows more than 20,000 men and women at two-year intervals, providing data from pre-retirement to advanced age to understand the dynamic nature of health, well-being, work and social circumstances in later life.

Funded primarily by the NIA, the HRS has received significant support from other federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration.

The NIA leads the federal effort supporting and conducting research on aging and the medical, social and behavioral issues of older people.