The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Cross-Wave Tracker File

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The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS), a supplement to the Health and Retirement Study, was funded by the National Institute on Aging with the specific aim of conducting a population-based study of dementia. HRS formed a partnership with a research team led by Brenda L. Plassman, Ph.D., director of the Epidemiology of Dementia Program at the Duke University Medical Center. The purpose of this collaboration was to conduct in-person clinical assessments for dementia on selected HRS respondents in order to gather information on their cognitive status. A diagnosis of dementia, cognitive impairment but not demented (CIND), or non-case was assigned on the basis of this assessment. Prior community-based studies of dementia have focused on a particular geographical area or have been based on nationally distributed samples that are not representative of the population. This study is the first of its kind to conduct in-home assessments of dementia in a national sample that is representative of the U. S. elderly population. ADAMS was funded by The National Institute on Aging as a supplement to the Health and Retirement Study (U01 AG09740).

The ADAMS Cross-Wave Tracker file contains demographic variables, sample weights, and field outcomes for Waves A, B, and C for the entire ADAMS sample of 1,700 respondents. This file replaces the previously released file, ADAMS1AA_R.

Product Details

Latest Release
Dec 2010 (Early V7.0)
1770 selected; completed assessments: 856
Entry Cohort Info

A group of 1,770 HRS respondents, age 70 or older, was selected from the HRS 2000 and HRS 2002 waves based on the score on the self- or proxy-cognitive assessment measure.

Field Dates

Aug 2001 - Dec 2009

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