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NHATS Round 11 Beta Data Released7/27/2022

Beta versions of the NHATS Round 11 data files are now available. Data files are available in both SAS and Stata formats.

In Round 11, several new features were introduced: 
•    Questions about COVID-19 illness and vaccination,
•    A tablet activities file, which includes objective vision and hearing assessments and Cogstate cognitive activities, and 
•    Three accelerometry files (detailed, summary, and tracker)

Updated documentation includes: 
•    A revised NHATS User Guide, 
•    New user guides for the vision and hearing assessments, Cogstate cognitive activities, and accelerometry data, 
•    Instruments, and
•    Crosswalk between the instruments and the codebook. 

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New Procedures for Requesting and Accessing NHATS-CMS Linked Data5/19/2022

New procedures for obtaining restricted NHATS-CMS linked files have been posted. NHATS-CMS linked data files will now be made available through the Health and Aging Data (HaAD) Enclave.  A few key changes:
   •    The HaAD Enclave is accessible from the applicant's institution or other specified location; research teams may share directories across institutions
   •    DUAs will be required with JHU and NIA (rather than CMS); Federal funding is no longer required to apply
   •    Claims and assessment files are available through 2021 with more timely and frequent updates expected than in the past
   •    Output will be reviewed by NHATS for disclosure risk before removal from the enclave  
For more information, please see "Obtaining CMS Data for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS)". 
 

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NHATS/NSOC Dementia Care Conference Registration4/14/2022

Please join us online for the NHATS/NSOC Dementia Care Conference May 3, 2022.  To receive a link to the conference, please register here

The conference will feature scholarly presentations and discussion focused on four dementia care-related topics: Fundamental Caregiving Measurement Issues; Family Care, Paid Care and Unmet Needs; Family Care and the Health Care System; and Family Caregiver Outcomes & Experiences.  

Speakers include: Vicki Freedman (University of Michigan), Mengyao Hu (University of Michigan), I-Fen Lin (Bowling Green State University), Yan Zhang (University of Wisconsin), Jennifer Reckrey (Mount Sinai), Judith Seltzer (UCLA), Claire Ankuda (Mount Sinai), Amanda Leggett (University of Michigan), Jennifer Wolff (Johns Hopkins University), Chanee Fabius (Johns Hopkins University), Emma Zang (Yale University), and Douglas Wolf (Syracuse University). 

The NHATS/NSOC Dementia Care Conference is sponsored by the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging and the National Study of Caregiving, with funding from the National Institute on Aging.
 

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NHATS User Workshop4/6/2022

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is now accepting applications for a virtual user workshop to be held June 27-June 29, 2022. The workshop is designed for researchers at any stage interested in a hands-on learning experience to develop a paper or project using NHATS. The course will incorporate the NHATS online course for beginners along with real-time guidance from NHATS faculty and staff. Activities will include modules on the Canvas website, real-time lectures, and breakout sessions. The workshop is free, but space is limited. Applications are due May 15th and participants will be notified by June 1st - apply here
 

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New Online Course for Beginners2/14/2022

NHATS has created an online course for beginners, available through the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA).

This self-paced set of modules is designed for researchers who are learning to use the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS). There is an optional module for learning to use the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). 

The workshop is organized into three sections that take approximately 4-5 hours altogether to complete: Getting to know NHATS; Learning to use NHATS; and Using NHATS.
  
To register, please visit https://nhats.org/researcher/nhats/videos.

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New NHATS COVID-19 Geographic Files12/1/2021

New NHATS COVID-19 Geographic files are available through the NHATS Restricted Data Repository. This file includes the city, state, county, zip code and census tract of family members or friends who helped the NHATS Sample Person most during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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NHATS is on Twitter9/29/2021

NHATS has joined Twitter! For the latest news on NHATS and NSOC research, please follow us at:  https://twitter.com/NHATS_NSOC

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Call for Abstracts: NHATS/NSOC Dementia Caregiving Conference9/7/2021

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announce a call for conference papers and poster abstracts. The conference will focus on dementia caregiving and will be held May 2-3, 2022. Plans are being made for an in-person meeting in Ann Arbor with hybrid options for attending. Early career researchers are encouraged to apply.  We expect to accept 10-12 papers and 10-12 posters. Applications are due October 15, 2021. For details, please visit the NHATS/NSOC Dementia Caregiving Conference webpage

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Additional COVID-19 Materials Released9/7/2021

NHATS is pleased to announce the availability of a new video tutorial describing its COVID-19 supplements. The video is available at https://www.nhats.org/researcher/nhats/videos. We also have released a technical paper describing the weighting process for the supplements.

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NHATS Round 10 Final Data Released7/12/2021

Final versions of the NHATS Round 10 data files are now available. Data files are available in both SAS and Stata formats. 
Updated documentation, including a revised User Guide, a revised crosswalk between the instruments and the codebook, and a crosswalk of changes from the beta to final version also are available.

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NHATS Online Dashboard and Chartbook6/29/2021

New online dashboards and a companion chartbook have been published to describe trends in late-life functioning of the US Medicare population ages 70 and older. The dashboards are designed to facilitate understanding by researchers, policymakers and care providers of how daily life is changing for older adults as the US population ages. The companion chart book includes key findings about recent trends with an emphasis on differences by age group, gender, and race and Hispanic ethnicity groups.

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Final NHATS COVID-19 Sample Person (SP) and Family and Friends (FF) Files Released6/29/2021

Final versions of the NHATS COVID-19 Sample Person (SP) and Family and Friends (FF) files have been released. The SP file is available under Public Use Files and the FF file is available under Sensitive Data Procedures. An updated user guide, variable-instrument crosswalk, and a crosswalk of changes between the beta and final versions are also available.

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NHATS-1940 Census Linkage6/29/2021

New 1940 Census files that are linkable to NHATS are available through the NHATS Restricted Data Repository. A description of the files, linkage procedures, and how to access the data can be found in a new user guide.

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Additional NHATS and NSOC Video Tutorials5/25/2021

New video tutorials on using NHATS and NSOC are also available at https://www.nhats.org/researcher/nhats/videos. Topics include file descriptions, variable naming conventions, descriptions of data documentation, and accessing NHATS and NSOC data.

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New Searchable Bibliography Released5/25/2021

A searchable bibliography of publications using NHATS and NSOC is now available at https://www.nhats.org/publications/search. Publications can be searched or filtered by topic, author name, and year, and search results can be exported as a CSV file. 

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NHATS Round 10 Beta Data Released4/28/2021

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is pleased to announce that a beta version of the Round 10 data files is now available. This beta data release also includes Sample Person (SP) and Other Person (OP) sensitive demographic files from NHATS. Updated documentation, including a revised User Guide, annotated instruments, and a variable-instrument crosswalk have been posted. Round 10 was conducted over the telephone. As a result, physical activities are omitted this round. See the User Guide for more details.
In addition, formatting for spid and opround has been updated on several Stata files from prior NHATS and NSOC rounds (so that they are no longer displayed using scientific notation). For more information, please see the Data Notices and Corrections section of the NHATS and NSOC User Guides.

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New NHATS and NSOC Video Tutorial Series 4/5/2021

A new series of video tutorials for NHATS and NSOC users is available at https://www.nhats.org/researcher/nhats/videos. Initial topics include introductions to NHATS and NSOC, survey design and weighting, using the Other Person (OP) file, and annual cognition measures.  Additional tutorials will be released as they are completed.

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MedPAR and MAX Files Now Available4/5/2021

Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) files are available for the years 2006-2018. Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) files are available for 2006-2012. New procedures for obtaining the restricted NHATS-CMS linked files have been posted. For more information, including details about upcoming data linkages, please see the document under Application Process for Restricted CMS Files.

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New NHATS COVID-19 Files Released3/25/2021

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is pleased to announce that new COVID-19 files are now available.


Users may now apply for access to the NHATS COVID-19 Family Members and Friends (FF) Beta file under NHATS’ sensitive data procedures. This file provides new data about the experiences of family members and friends who helped NHATS participants during the COVID-19 outbreak. An updated user guide and variable-instrument crosswalk are also available. The NHATS COVID-19 FF Beta file may be used in conjunction with the early release beta version of the COVID-19 Sample Person (SP) file (available under Public Use Files).


In addition, users may now apply for access (through the NHATS restricted data repository) to a qualitative file with transcribed responses about how COVID-19 has affected NHATS participants’ lives.
 

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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.