HRS Will Offer a Pre-Conference Workshop at the 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America
June 22, 2009
A pre-conference workshop, Introduction to the Health and Retirement Study will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 12:30–4:30 pm, at the annual meeting of The Gerontological Society of America. The 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Hilton Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia, November 18–22, 2009.
This half-day workshop is specially designed to introduce the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to the GSA membership. The HRS is a large-scale longitudinal study of labor force participation and health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow. The survey collects information about income, assets, labor participation, pensions, health insurance, disability, physical health and functioning, cognitive functioning, and family support. This workshop will consist of lectures designed to provide a general overview of the HRS including information about the survey design, content, supplemental studies, data products, website resources, and the construction of analytic files. Particular emphasis will be on new initiatives to collect physical measure, biomarker, and psychosocial data. After attending this workshop, each participant will gain enough knowledge to construct an analytic file and begin to conduct analyses.