The National Poll on Healthy Aging publishes its data for public use on an ongoing basis to help advance research on aging.
The University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging (NPHA) publishes its data for public use on an ongoing basis to help advance research on aging. A new wave of National Poll on Healthy Aging data is now available for download at the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA).
The National Poll on Healthy Aging, which is conducted by IHPI and sponsored by AARP and Michigan Medicine, helps inform the public, health care providers, policymakers, and advocates on issues related to health, health care, and health policy affecting adults age 50 to 80. The poll is designed as a recurring, nationally representative household survey of U.S. adults, which allows the assessment of issues in a timely fashion.
This data wave is the eighth released by the NPHA since the poll's launch in 2017. Fielded in January 2021, Wave 8 data covers a variety of topics, including health care savings accounts, alcohol use, physical functioning and falls, mental health, and blood pressure monitoring. NPHA reports using these data are Saving for Future Health Care Expenses, Alcohol Use Among Older Adults, Physical Functioning and Falls During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Mental Health Among Older Adults Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Among Older Adults. Related poll extras, or news stories that go beyond the data summarized in NPHA poll reports, explore older adults who got a pet during the COVID-19 and their attitudes toward COVID vaccination.
The NPHA data is published on NACDA's Open Aging Repository, a free self-publishing option for gerontological researchers to share their research projects. The repository was created for the immediate distribution of data on aging populations.