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Since the study began in 1990, over 400 news articles and press releases have been published on the Health and Retirement Study as well as on research using HRS data. Selected releases are listed below:
Why retire later? U-M experts show how to encourage longer careers.
What if every U.S. worker got an automatic 10 percent pay raise at age 55? According to a new University of Michigan study, most people would work quite a bit longer to enjoy the extra income before they retired.
By eliminating social security payroll taxes starting when workers are 55-years old, the study shows that take-home pay would jump by 10.6 percent and they would work 1.5 years longer on average, paying more income taxes and helping to reduce the Federal deficit.
(September 2012; leaving this site)
Retirement plans after the Great Recession: U-M study tracks the changes.
New research shows that 40 percent of older Americans postponed retirement in the wake of the Great Recession.
“The typical household lost about 5 percent of its total wealth between the summers of 2008 and 2009,” said Brooke Helppie McFall, an economist at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). “The average person would need to work between 3.7 and 5 years longer than they planned in order to make up the money they lost.”
(May 2012; leaving this site)
U-M Health and Retirement Study adds genetic data to NIH database. The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study, a 20-year nationwide survey of the health, economic and social status of older Americans conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research, has added genetic information from 12,500 consenting participants to the online genetics database of the National Institutes of Health. The genetic data was posted on March 27, 2012 to dbGAP, the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes, an online genetic database developed by the NIH.
(March 2012; leaving this site)
Advance directives related to use of palliative care,
lower Medicare end-of-life spending in many U.S. regions. Advance directives do have an impact on health care at the
end of life, especially in regions of the country with high spending on end-of-life care, according to a University
of Michigan study.
(October 2011; leaving this site)
- U.S. seniors 'smarter' than their English peers:
U.S. seniors performed significantly better than their counterparts in England on standard tests of memory and cognitive
function, according to a new study. The study is the first known international comparison of cognitive function in
nationally representative samples of older adults in the United States and England. (July 2009; leaving this site)
Easing out of work: Scientists practice that which most Americans want:
When Bob Willis thought about retiring, he knew just how he wanted to do it: Slowly — or maybe never.
(June 2007; leaving this site)
- Early retirement: Is it better to spend it at work or at play?:
More than one of every five Americans age 62 and older who expected to retire early are still working, according to a new analysis of the prevalence of unanticipated work in retirement and its consequences for the well-being of older adults.
(August 2006; leaving this site)
- NIH renews $70 million ISR Health and Retirement Study:
The award from the National Institute
on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the largest single
research award in U-M history. (June 2006; leaving this site)
- A hidden cost of depression:
A new study reveals that depression among senior citizens carries a huge unrecognized cost: many extra
hours of unpaid help with everyday activities, delivered by the depressed seniors’ spouses, adult
children and friends. (May 2005) (PDF)
- Disabled at work:
About one-third of all disabled people in their 50s — and half of
all disabled men — became disabled because of their jobs, a new study shows. (April 2005) (PDF)
- Money doesn’t buy happiness – except when disability strikes, U-M study suggests. (April 2005; leaving this site)
- Being active in middle age may prevent early death, especially if your heart risk is high. (November 2004; leaving this site)
- Your money or your health: U-M/VA study yields first proof that cutting back on prescriptions due to cost linked to worse health later. (June 2004; leaving this site)
- Early retirement offers: U-M study shows how common they are,
and the impact they have on employment of older workers. (May 2002) (PDF)
- Costs of family caregiving for elderly with cancer are
significant, often forgotten; Costs will continue to increase as elderly population doubles
in next 30 years. (June 2001) (PDF)
- Costs of caring for elders with dementia: Extra $18
billion a year in time spent by family and friends. (November 2001) (PDF)
- Improving memory among older Americans: (February 2001) (PDF)
- Older Americans who live with their children get more
Medicare-paid help than peers who are just as disabled but live alone. (February 2001) (PDF)
- Disabled elderly women receive less home care than men:
Elderly women more likely to provide care for husbands, more likely to receive care from
children. (December 2000) (PDF)
- Economic penalty of extra pounds: U-M study identifies
the cost of obesity to middle-aged women. (November 2000) (PDF)