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Growing Older in America: The Health and Retirement Study

This publication is about one major resource — the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) — designed to inform the national retirement discussion as the population so dramatically ages. Since its launch in 1992, the HRS has painted a detailed portrait of Americaís older adults, helping us learn about this growing populationís physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial situations, family support systems, work status, and retirement planning. Through its unique and in-depth interviews with a nationally representative sample of adults over the age of 50, the HRS provides an invaluable, growing body of multidisciplinary data to help address the challenges and opportunities of aging.

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