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United States Health and Retirement Study 2014-2015


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Health and Retirement Study (HRS) 2014
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
03/2014 - 04/2015
Series or system 
United States Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
Data type
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal

The United States Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a longitudinal cohort study that covers the health, retirement and aging of more than 22,000 Americans over the age of 50. Topics covered in the 2014 HRS survey include: physical and cognitive functioning, retirement plans, family structure, wealth transfers, demographic characteristics, housing, employment status, income, disability, health insurance, pension plans, job history, and attitudes, preferences, and expectations for the future.

Data was collected on the following cohorts in the 2014 HRS survey:

  • HRS
  • War Baby (WB)
  • Children of the Depression (CODA)
  • Early Baby Boomer (EBB)
  • Mid Baby Boomer (MBB)

More information on the HRS survey design can be found on the HRS website:

Absenteeism, Adult mortality, Aged adults, Alcohol use, Alcohol use disorders, Allergies, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, Anthropometry, Antibiotics, Appetite loss, Assets, Asthma, Back pain, Bipolar affective disorder, Birth place, Blood pressure, Blood tests, Breathing difficulty, COPD, Cancers, Cataracts, Chemotherapy, Cognitive assessment, Cohort study, Community health clinics, Conduction disorders and other dysrhythmias, Cough, Death certificates, Dental care, Diabetes, Dialysis, Digital rectal examinations, Disability, Domestic migration, Drug consumption, Drug use disorders, Edentulism, Education, 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 disease, Heart failure, Height, Home care, Homelessness, Hospices, Hospitals, Hours worked, Housing, Housing conditions, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, Hysterectomy, Income, Incontinence, Influenza vaccines, Injuries, Institutionalized population, Insulin, International migration, Internet, Interpersonal violence, Interstitial lung diseases, Interventions, Ischemic heart disease, Land ownership, Leisure activities, Length of stay, Lifestyle risk factors, Limited mobility, Live births, Living conditions, Loans, Marital status, Mass media, Medical tests, Medicines, Menopause, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mental health symptoms, Military service, Mobility aids, Mortality, Mumps, Musculoskeletal diseases, Nursing homes, Occupational injuries, Occupations, Osteoporosis, Outpatient facilities, Pain, Parental survival, Parents, Personal caregivers, Personal health expenditures, Pharmacies, Physical activity, Place of death, Pneumococcal vaccines, Prescriptions, Private social assistance, Public social assistance, Race, Radiation therapy, Rehabilitation, Religion, Rheumatoid arthritis, Road traffic injuries, Schizophrenia, Screening mammography, Seizures, Sense organ diseases, Shingles vaccines, Sibling survival, Siblings, Sleep disorders, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Symptoms, Taxes, Thoracic surgery, Tobacco use, Transportation, Unemployment, Unintentional firearm injuries, Unipolar depressive disorders, Varicella, Ventilators, Vision loss, Vomiting, Weight, Weight change, X-rays
Publication year 
Suggested citation 

Health and Retirement Study, (Biennial 2014) 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, (2016).