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United States Health and Retirement Study 2012


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

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.

HRS: R born 1931-1941;
AHEAD: R born 1923 or earlier;
CODA (Children of Depression): R born 1924-1930;
WB (War Baby): R born 1942-1947;
EBB (Early Boomers): R born 1948-1953;
MBB (Mid Boomers): R born 1954-1959

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

Aged adults, Alcohol use, Alcohol use disorders, Allergies, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, Appetite loss, Assets, Asthma, Back pain, Biopsy, Birth place, Body mass index, Breathing difficulty, Cancers, Chemotherapy, Child care, Cognitive assessment, Cohort study, 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, Hemorrhagic stroke, 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, Lupus, 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, Stroke, Summary birth history, Surgical procedures, Taxes, Thoracic surgery, Tobacco smoking, Transportation, Unemployment, Unipolar depressive disorders, Varicella, Vision loss, Weight, Weight change, X-rays