June 19, 2006
NIH renews agreement with U-M ISR to study health, retirement
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has renewed its cooperative agreement with the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research to continue the ISR Health and Retirement Study, the nation's leading resource for data on the health and economic conditions of Americans over age 50.
Now in its 14th year, the study follows more than 20,000 people at two-year intervals, providing data from pre-retirement to advanced age. A major goal of the study is to help address the scientific and policy challenges posed by the nation's aging population.
The renewal will provide ISR with approximately $70 million in funding over the next six years to continue the study. This is the largest single research award in U-M's history. The U.S. Social Security Administration also will provide additional funding for the study.
The study, co-directed by ISR researchers Robert J. Willis and David R. Weir, paints a detailed portrait over time of older Americans' physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial well-being, labor market status, retirement planning, social support systems, intergenerational transfers of time and money, and living arrangements.
For more information about the study, visit the study Web site, http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu and read the NIA news release at http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/PressReleases/20060619HRS.htm.
Contact: Diane Swanbrow