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. Since its launch in 1992, HRS has painted a detailed portrait of America's older adults including health, insurance coverage, financial situations, family support systems, work decisions, and retirement well-being.

We do this by asking select individuals to participate in the study and tell us about their lives. This information has been used by scientists to publish over 2,500 books, articles and papers. This website provides more information about the study, including links to news articles about these HRS research findings, and links to external sites related to retirement and aging. We hope you will find it interesting and informative.

As the world around us changes, from changes in the country's economic status, to the housing markets in our neighborhoods and even the type of health care coverage we might expect to have in the future, the HRS helps provide a picture of the needs and experiences of Americans across the country.

The HRS is a longitudinal project sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA U01AG009740) and the Social Security Administration. The study director is Dr. David R. Weir of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.