Welcome Researchers

This website provides researchers access to data, documentation and other resources for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). If you are an NHATS or NSOC participant, please visit www.mynhats.org.

Welcome Researchers

This website provides researchers access to data, documentation and other resources for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). If you are an NHATS or NSOC participant, please visit www.mynhats.org.

About NHATS & NSOC

Begun in 2011, the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) conducts annual in-person interviews with a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 or older. Designed as a platform for scientific study of late life disability trends and trajectories, NHATS fosters research to guide efforts to reduce disability, maximize health and independent functioning, and enhance quality of life at older ages. Periodically caregivers to NHATS participants are interviewed in the supplemental National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) to provide the perspective of family and friends who help older adults experiencing limitations in daily life. Support for NHATS and NSOC is provided by the National Institute on Aging.

Announcements

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NHATS-CMS Linked Data Update1/28/2021

NHATS-CMS linked restricted files for calendar year 2018 are now available. New procedures for obtaining the restricted NHATS-CMS linked files have been posted. For more information, including information about upcoming data linkages, please see the new document under Application Process for Restricted CMS Files.

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Upcoming NHATS and NSOC Workshops1/27/2021

Hands-On Research Workshop on Family Care will feature NHATS/NSOC 

The 2021 Summer Data Immersion program hosted by the Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) will focus on "Family Care: Racial/Ethnic and Contextual Factors”. During the program, researchers will use data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and its linked National Study of Caregiving (NSOC).

Interested individuals should complete the application using the following link: SDI Application. Applications with attached CVs/Biosketches should be submitted by February 15, 2021. Please contact mccfad.isr@umich.edu with any questions.

HEADS Center 2021 Virtual Summer Workshop for Early Stage Investigators

The Hopkins’ Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease & Services (HEADS) 2021 Virtual Summer Workshop will convene early-stage scientists who are designing studies related to family and unpaid caregiving to persons with dementia, with a focus on advancing proposals for external funding and analyses for peer-reviewed publication. Researchers will use data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and/or its linked National Study of Caregiving (NSOC).

Interested individuals should visit the website for full details and application instructions here: Request for Applications. Applications should be submitted by March 15, 2021. Please contact Nadia Hay at nhay1@jhu.edu with any questions.

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NHATS COVID-19 SP Beta File Released12/17/2020

An early release of the NHATS COVID-19 Sample Person (SP) Beta file is now available. This file provides new data about older adults’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and consequences for care needs and wellbeing.  A user guide, questionnaires, and variable-instrument crosswalk are also available.

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NHATS 10th Anniversary Conference: Call for Abstracts11/11/2020

The National Health and Aging Trends Study and the TRENDS network of the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging are pleased to announce NHATS’ 10th anniversary conference on late-life disability and care. The conference will be held online over two days, on the afternoons of May 26th and 27th. We anticipate 10-12 presentations altogether in 4-5 sessions. We invite abstracts of 1-2 pages, due Dec 15.  Authors will be notified mid-January. For details see: Call for Submissions.

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New Data Website 10/29/2020

The NHATS data website has been redesigned to be more streamlined. Prior to accessing the data download area, users will need to update their password at https://nhats.org/user/password

Updates include a searchable cross-year metadata resource for researchers from Colectica. 

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