Research Opportunities with the Health and Retirement Study
This session will discuss the potential of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to shed light on complex questions surrounding aging, work, retirement, health, family connections, and others. The HRS is a nationally representative longitudinal survey of over 37,000 individuals over the age of 50 in the US. The survey aims to capture shifting health and economic circumstances at the individual and population levels and has been employed to understand adverse experiences over the lifecourse and cognitive impairment, among others.
12:00 - 12:05 | Welcome and introductions
12:05 - 12:45 | Lecture session
12:45 - 12:55 | Moderated Q&A session with Dr. Amanda Sonnega
12:55 - 13:00 | Closing and upcoming sessions
This is an online webinar hosted on Zoom. To receive details to enter the event, please register.
Amanda Sonnega, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan (UM), where she is responsible for integrating communication, outreach, and education efforts for the Health and Retirement Study. She received her doctorate through the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship within the ISR program in Social Environment and Health. Dr. Sonnega has lectured in the UM School of Public Health on psychosocial factors in health-related behavior. Her research focuses on life course trajectories of physical and mental health; institutional and personal factors associated with vulnerability and resilience in aging individuals; and work transitions and their broad effects on health and well-being.
- Hale, J. M., Schneider, D. C., Mehta, N. K., & Myrskylä, M. (2022). "Understanding cognitive impairment in the U.S. through the lenses of intersectionality and (un)conditional cumulative (dis)advantage Download Understanding cognitive impairment in the U.S. through the lenses of intersectionality and (un)conditional cumulative (dis)advantage". MPIDR Working Paper WP 2022-029. https://dx.doi.org/10.4054/MPIDR-WP-2022-029Links to an external site.
- Sonnega, A., Faul, J. D., Ofstedal, M. B., Langa, K. M., Phillips, J. W., & Weir, D. R. (2014). Cohort Profile: The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) Download Cohort Profile: The Health and Retirement Study (HRS). International Journal of Epidemiology, 43(2), 576–585. https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyu067Links to an external site.
- Sonnega, A. & Helppie-McFall, B. (2021). “The Relationship Between Adverse Experiences Over the Life Course and Early Retirement Due to Disability Download The Relationship Between Adverse Experiences Over the Life Course and Early Retirement Due to Disability.” Ann Arbor, MI. University of Michigan Retirement and Disability Research Center (MRDRC) Working Paper; MRDRC WP 2021-435. https://mrdrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/papers/pdf/wp435.pdf
What are Lunch&Learn's?
The CAnD3 Lunch&Learn series is designed to introduce our Fellows, team members, and partners to emerging research on topics related to population dynamics and population aging. These modules will cover the Four CAnD3 Population Aging Axes: (1) family and social inclusion; (2) education, labour and inequality; (3) migration and ethnicity; and (4) wellbeing and autonomy.
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