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Johns Hopkins: Faculty Awarded $45 Million Grant to Support Continuation of the National Health and Aging Trends Study

Dr. Judith Kasper, professor in the department of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received a five-year $45 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Kasper and her team, including researchers at the Bloomberg School, Johns Hopkins Medicine, University of Michigan, and other universities, will use the grant to continue the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS), a nationally representative study of disability trends and  trajectories later in life.

This is the third five-year cycle of funding awarded to support the ongoing aging trends study. Dr. Kasper has been principal investigator of the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) since 2008.

The number of people age 65 and older is projected to make up 20 percent of the U.S. population by 2030. The study is gathering comprehensive, high-quality data to address the implications of an aging population for services to meet the anticipated needs for long-term services and supports, family caregiving, and a host of other family and societal issues.

The study has collected data through in-person interviews with Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older since 2011. Participants are asked about their living environments, routine activities, assistance from others, and participation in valued activities. To date, over 3,000 researchers have registered to use NHATS data, and findings from their work appear in a wide variety of scientific publications on topics including quality of end-of-life care, use of devices or environmental features to compensate for functional declines, barriers to participation in activities, and dementia caregiving.

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