About the Data

Quality data leads to informed decisions

The Source

Your brain health is important to us, and we believe that you deserve high-quality information about it. To develop our test, we used data from the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) to give you information about your brain health that’s scientifically-grounded, data-driven, and ethically-mindful.

There were a number of appealing features of the HRS data set that stood out to us:

  • Scientifically-grounded: The US Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) is a national research study from the University of Michigan that’s supported by the US National Institute on Aging, and the US Social Security Administration. It’s led and overseen by prominent experts in health policy and medicine. The science is legitimate!

  • Data-driven: Since 1990, the HRS has bi-annually collected invaluable data related to brain health from a national sample of roughly 20,000 people who are at least 50 years old in the US. It useds comprehensive and in-depth research interviews to gather rich data about diverse aspects of health including cognitive, physical and living health. The HRS gives results that are nationally-representative about the population in the US. It’s one of the richest datasets out there!

  • Ethically-mindful: Because it’s important to make sure evaluations of brain health are as medically accurate as possible, the HRS includes a subsection that includes medical diagnoses of dementia made by an expert committee of prominent researchers and doctors in dementia. The data has integrity!

For these reasons, we used the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) to give you high-quality information about your brain health.

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For more information about the HRS, please visit http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu