HRS ADAMS 1 data (Early, Version 5.0)

July 24, 2009

The sensitive health data release of HRS ADAMS 1 (Early, Version 5.0) is now available. It includes the following:

  • A New ADAMS Tracker File. The ADAMS tracker file contains demographic, sample weight (including a corrected version of the sample weight AASAMPWT_F), and field outcome variables for Waves A-C.
  • The First Release of Wave C Data. Section CD includes Assessment Outcomes, the Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR), the Hachinski Scale, Dementia Severity Rating Scale (DSRS), and the Blessed Dementia Rating.
  • Corrections to the Blessed Dementia Scale Scores. ADBLSCOR in section AD and BDBLSCOR in section BD have been modified to correct a previous error -- in Release 1.0, scores ending in .5 were rounded to the nearest whole number. A total of 297 subjects were affected by this issue. A few revisions have been made to the Wave A and B codebooks. No other changes have been made in release 5.0 to the previously released Wave A and Wave B files.

Note: The data description and codebook files included in the Version 5.0 Early data release were prepared in June, and include references to a June 2009 release date.

Rather than a single file for download (adams1.exe or containing both Wave A and Wave B files as in previous releases, the ADAMS data (version 5.0) release contains four separate files for downloading: 1) ADAMS Tracker files, 2) ADAMS Wave A files, 3) ADAMS Wave B files, and 4) ADAMS Wave C files.

The data set may be downloaded from the HRS Public File Download Area. Registration (free) is required for access. Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for up-to-date information on the restricted data merge status of this data set.

If you find any problems with the data, please report them to us via the Help Desk, or by e-mail to