Welcome Researchers

This website provides researchers access to data, documentation and other resources for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). If you are an NHATS or NSOC participant, please visit www.mynhats.org.

Welcome Researchers

This website provides researchers access to data, documentation and other resources for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). If you are an NHATS or NSOC participant, please visit www.mynhats.org.

About NHATS & NSOC

Begun in 2011, the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) conducts annual in-person interviews with a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 or older. Designed as a platform for scientific study of late-life disability trends and trajectories, NHATS fosters research to reduce disability, maximize independent functioning, and enhance quality of life at older ages. Online dashboards and a companion chartbook track trends. The supplemental National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) is conducted periodically to provide the perspective of family and friends who help older adults experiencing limitations in daily life. Support for NHATS and NSOC is provided by the National Institute on Aging.

Announcements

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New Procedures for Requesting and Accessing NHATS-CMS Linked Data5/19/2022

New procedures for obtaining restricted NHATS-CMS linked files have been posted. NHATS-CMS linked data files will now be made available through the Health and Aging Data (HaAD) Enclave.  A few key changes:
   •    The HaAD Enclave is accessible from the applicant's institution or other specified location; research teams may share directories across institutions
   •    DUAs will be required with JHU and NIA (rather than CMS); Federal funding is no longer required to apply
   •    Claims and assessment files are available through 2021 with more timely and frequent updates expected than in the past
   •    Output will be reviewed by NHATS for disclosure risk before removal from the enclave  
For more information, please see "Obtaining CMS Data for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS)". 
 

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NHATS/NSOC Dementia Care Conference Registration4/14/2022

Please join us online for the NHATS/NSOC Dementia Care Conference May 3, 2022.  To receive a link to the conference, please register here

The conference will feature scholarly presentations and discussion focused on four dementia care-related topics: Fundamental Caregiving Measurement Issues; Family Care, Paid Care and Unmet Needs; Family Care and the Health Care System; and Family Caregiver Outcomes & Experiences.  

Speakers include: Vicki Freedman (University of Michigan), Mengyao Hu (University of Michigan), I-Fen Lin (Bowling Green State University), Yan Zhang (University of Wisconsin), Jennifer Reckrey (Mount Sinai), Judith Seltzer (UCLA), Claire Ankuda (Mount Sinai), Amanda Leggett (University of Michigan), Jennifer Wolff (Johns Hopkins University), Chanee Fabius (Johns Hopkins University), Emma Zang (Yale University), and Douglas Wolf (Syracuse University). 

The NHATS/NSOC Dementia Care Conference is sponsored by the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging and the National Study of Caregiving, with funding from the National Institute on Aging.
 

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NHATS User Workshop4/6/2022

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is now accepting applications for a virtual user workshop to be held June 27-June 29, 2022. The workshop is designed for researchers at any stage interested in a hands-on learning experience to develop a paper or project using NHATS. The course will incorporate the NHATS online course for beginners along with real-time guidance from NHATS faculty and staff. Activities will include modules on the Canvas website, real-time lectures, and breakout sessions. The workshop is free, but space is limited. Applications are due May 15th and participants will be notified by June 1st - apply here
 

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New Online Course for Beginners2/14/2022

NHATS has created an online course for beginners, available through the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA).

This self-paced set of modules is designed for researchers who are learning to use the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS). There is an optional module for learning to use the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). 

The workshop is organized into three sections that take approximately 4-5 hours altogether to complete: Getting to know NHATS; Learning to use NHATS; and Using NHATS.
  
To register, please visit https://nhats.org/researcher/nhats/videos.

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New NHATS COVID-19 Geographic Files12/1/2021

New NHATS COVID-19 Geographic files are available through the NHATS Restricted Data Repository. This file includes the city, state, county, zip code and census tract of family members or friends who helped the NHATS Sample Person most during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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