Welcome to the Health and Retirement Study

For more than 20 years, the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) has been a leading source for information on the health and economic well-being of adults age 50 and older in the United States. We do this by asking people across the country to participate in the study and tell us about their lives.

As the world around us changes, the HRS follows the impact of these changes on our older population. This information has been used by scientists to publish over 3,000 books, articles and papers.

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.