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National Health and Aging Trends Study Begins the 7th Year of Interviews in Summer 2017

Westat will begin nationwide data collection for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) for the 7th year in a row in summer 2017. The study examines how the daily lives of older adults change as they age. About 9,000 individuals age 65 and older who are enrolled in Medicare are participating in the study.

The study, supported by the National Institute on Aging, at the National Institutes of Health, is designed to help researchers understand changes in health and functioning among seniors. It will also help them understand the social and economic consequences of health and aging for individuals, families, and society.

Westat is working with researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on this research study.

Participants will be interviewed about their health, family, daily activities and tasks, and how they get around their home and community. In addition, participants will be asked to do some simple everyday activities that include standing, getting up from a chair, walking, and activities that measure memory and breathing.

With data from our first five rounds of interviews with participants, researchers are beginning to analyze trends in aging and health. Future analyses rely on combining data from several years of data. The success of the study depends on the continued participation of every individual who took part in previous years of the study.

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