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Health and Retirement Study Yrs23-28: Year 25 Dementia Trends Admin Supplement

a MiCDA Research Project Description

Investigators: David Weir, Kenneth M. Langa, Jessica Faul

Funding: National Institute on Aging, 2014-2017 (3 U01 AG 009740 25 S2)

This project analyzes trends in the population prevalence of cognitive impairment and dementia using data from the HRS. Tracking the population prevalence of cognitive impairment and dementia is a key public health and public policy priority given the wide-ranging impact that dementia has on the growing number of older adults, their families, and public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. As well, the 2011 National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) makes tracking dementia, and associated medical factors, a high-priority objective. We believe that the HRS is the most valuable dataset currently available to better understand and track the prevalence of dementia in the US population. We will update prior HRS work in this area and also begin to develop new methods and collaborations for using the HRS to gauge the impact of dementia in the United States and compare its prevalence internationally.

Research Signature Theme:

Health and well-being in later life: Dementia and Cognitive Impairment