The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave C

× Log in or create an account to download data files.

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).

Wave C contains follow-up visits for all Wave A respondents who were still alive in 2006 and not previously diagnosed with dementia. A total of 466 respondents were targeted for these follow-up visits. A Wave C assessment was completed for 315 respondents between June 2006 and May 2008.

Product Details

Latest Release
Apr 2013 (V8.0)
466 selected; completed assessments: 315
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

Jun 2006 - May 2008

Data Alerts

No data alerts found for this product.


Data Files

Log in to download data files if you have been granted access, or submit the Sensitive Health Data Order Form to request access.

User login