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United States Health and Retirement Study 2012

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General Info
Geography 
Coverage type 
Country
Time period covered 
04/2012 - 04/2013
Series or system 
United States Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
Data type
Survey:
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal
Summary 

The HRS is a longitudinal cohort study of the health, retirement and aging of more than 22,000 Americans over the age of 50. Conducted every two years, the collected data assess mental and physical changes, family support, insurance coverage, financial well-being, employment, and retirement planning of the respondents. Questionnaire topics include physical and cognitive functioning, retirement plans, family structure and transfers, demographic characteristics, housing, employment status, income, disability, health insurance, pension plans, job history, and attitudes, preferences, and expectations for the future.

Keywords 
Aged adults, Alcohol use, Alcohol use disorders, Allergies, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, Appetite loss, Assets, Asthma, Back pain, Biopsy, Birth place, Breathing difficulty, Cancers, Chemotherapy, Child care, Cognitive assessment, Colonoscopy, Conduction disorders and other dysrhythmias, Cough, Death certificates, Dental care, Diabetes, Disability, Domestic migration, Drug consumption, Edema, Edentulism, Education, Electricity, Emergency care, Employment, Employment benefits, Epilepsy, Ethnicity, Falls, Family composition, Fatigue, Glaucoma, Gout, Headache, Health care access, Health care use, Health facilities, Health insurance, Health status, Hearing aids, Heart failure, Height, Home care, Hospitals, Hours worked, Household air pollution, Housing conditions, Hypertension, Hysterectomy, Income, Incontinence, Influenza vaccines, Injuries, Insulin, Internet, Interventions, Ischemic heart disease, Land ownership, Leisure activities, Lifestyle risk factors, Limited mobility, Living conditions, Loans, Marital status, Mass media, Measles, Medical tests, Medicines, Menopause, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mental health symptoms, Migraine, Military service, Mobility aids, Mortality, Mumps, Nursing homes, Occupational injuries, Occupations, Osteoarthritis, Otitis media, Outpatient facilities, Pain, Pap smears, Parental survival, Parents, Personal health expenditures, Pharmacies, Physical activity, Physical therapy, Place of death, Pneumococcal vaccines, Prescriptions, Private health facilities, Public health facilities, Public social assistance, Race, Radiation therapy, Religion, Rheumatoid arthritis, Screening, Screening mammography, Seat belts, Seizures, Shingles vaccines, Sibling survival, Siblings, Sleep disorders, Summary birth history, Surgical procedures, Taxes, Thoracic surgery, Tobacco use, Transportation, Unemployment, Unipolar depressive disorders, Varicella, Vision loss, Weight, Weight change, X-rays, Body mass index, Hemorrhagic stroke, Stroke, Cohort study
Citation
Publication year 
2015
Suggested citation 

Health and Retirement Study, (Biennial 2012) public use dataset. Produced and distributed by the University of Michigan with funding from the National Institute on Aging (grant number NIA U01AG009740). Ann Arbor, MI, (2015).