Welcome to the Study!

For more than 20 years, the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) has been a leading source for information on the health and economic circumstances of adults over age 50 in the United States.

By asking select individuals to participate in the study and tell us about their lives, HRS paints an invaluable portrait of America's older adults. Scientists have used this information to publish over 3,500 books, articles and papers.

Participating in HRS

If you are asked and agree to participate in the study, we will stay in touch with you as life goes on. Getting older for most of us is a process of slow changes. Staying in contact with you is how we keep track of those changes over the years.

Participation Activities

Once every two years, you will be asked to complete a detailed interview, and in alternate years to complete a supplementary mail or online survey. You may also be asked to perform some physical tasks or provide a sample of blood or saliva. A typical interview should take two to three hours. For your help in this study, you will receive a monetary token of appreciation.

Data Security

Your identity as a participant and any personally identifying information you provide will be kept confidential. We follow strict practices to maintain the security of all data that could identify participants.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary, and is a valuable way that you can contribute to understanding the issues we are all facing.

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