BALTIMORE, Maryland / John Hopkins University Gazette / Population Study / May 2, 2011
By Natalie Wood-Wright
Bloomberg School of Public Health
The National Health and Aging Trends Study, led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has begun enrolling study participants to examine how current and future aging populations can lead fuller, healthier lives.
The study, which began data collection on May 1, is supported by the National Institute on Aging and is designed to help researchers understand changes in health and functioning among seniors, as well as the social and economic consequences of health and aging for individuals, families and society.
Nearly 9,000 men and women ages 65 and older who are currently enrolled in Medicare will be invited to participate in the long-term study. Scientific sampling was used to determine a representative group of people throughout the United States. Enrollment in the study is voluntary, and participants will be asked questions in person by trained and easily identified interviewers from Westat, a national research firm that conducts some of the most important health surveys in the U.S. Participants will be surveyed about their health, family and ability to accomplish tasks and to get around their home and community. Data collectors will follow up with participants annually. More information about NHATS and its goals can be found at the study’s website, http://www.nhats.org/. Study participants will be paid $40 for their contributions.
Added Kasper, “Participation is very important for the success of this study, and each person invited to be in the study represents thousands of others and cannot be replaced. We hope that the people we ask to participate will be able to join and contribute to this important study.”
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