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June 10, 2022

Journals of Gerontology special issue co-edited by Vicki Freedman and Judith Kasper features the National Health and Aging Trends Study

A new supplemental issue to The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences features papers examining outcomes from 10 years of the seminal National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS).

NHATS, funded by the National Institute on Aging, is designed to foster a deeper understanding of national trends in late-life functioning, individual trajectories in functioning and accommodation, how these processes differ for various population subgroups, and the consequences of late-life disability for individuals, families, and society.

Vicki Freedman and the late Judith Kasper edited the special issue, which features articles by many SRC researchers, including Sarah Patterson, Bob Schoeni, Josh Ehrlich, and Mengyao Hu. “The papers in the volume illustrate the breadth and depth of the NHATS content and how it can be applied to investigate both long-standing and new questions regarding late-life disability and care,” Freedman said. “As a group, the papers make important contributions to the study’s overarching aim to guide efforts to reduce disability, maximize functioning, and enhance quality of life of older Americans.”