Datasets on Aging, Middle-Aged and Elderly People

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Bush's Social Security Plan
Study# USPSRA2005-NW01
Survey firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates International
Survey sponsor: Newsweek
Dates: February 3-4, 2005
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 1,009
Sample notes: There are 2 forms for this study located in column 16. Form A=1; Form B=2.
Variables: 40
Major topics covered:
George W. Bush job performance (1); do/do not expect that Social Security will be able to pay all benefits entitled to when retired (1); funding crisis for Social Security (2); best way to run Social Security (1); what would respondent support to keep Social Security financially solvent in the future (2); President Bush's proposals to change Social Security (3); individual retirement accounts (3); stock market's rate of return (2); investing Social Security money in stock market (1); do/do not think current retirees are too greedy and unwilling to make sacrifices to improve Social Security system (1); do/do not now have any money invested in stock market (1).

Boomers at midlife
Survey Sponsor: American Association of Retired Persons
Survey firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates (PSRA)
Date: 2002
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 3,666
Variables: 132
Major topics covered:
Direction of Country (1); Satisfaction in your life (1); Best thing about your life (1); Worst thing about your life (1); Thinking about the future (1); Planning your life (1); Major ambition or dream (1); Personal issues over the past month (1); Satisfaction about your personal issues (1); Most important personal issues (2); Life changes (3); Personal financial situation (4); Saving or investing (1); Personal relationships (4); Personal experiences (1); Religious or spiritual life (4); Physical health (4); Things people do to stay healthy (1); Mental Health (4); How old do you feel (1); Work and career (4); Age you expect to retire (1); Length of life (2); Leisure activities (4); Age you would like to be (1); Control over personal issues (1); Feelings about the next 5 years (1); Things keeping you from achieving in life (1).

A Generational Look at the Public–Politics and Policy
Study# USPSRA2002-WPH015
Survey firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates
Survey sponsor: Kaiser Family Foundation/Washington Post/Harvard University
Field dates: August 2-September 1, 2002
Sample: National adult including an oversample of adults ages 55 and older
Sample size:2,886
Variables: 145
Major topics covered:
George W. Bush job performance (1); direction of country (1); Congress job performance 91); 2002 House of Representatives election (3); important issues in deciding vote for Congress (12); economy (1); trust Republicans/Democrats more to do better job in handling problems (17); important values (1); last five presidents before George W. Bush (1); trust government in Washington to do what is right (1); would rather have smaller government with less services/bigger government with more services (1); government regulation of business (1); government/individuals responsibility to improve standard of living of all Americans (1); U.S. foreign policy (2); patriotic (1); religion/spiritual values influence on politics (1); importance of religion in everyday life (1); Social Security (3); health care spending (1); Medicare (2); federal government's role in helping pay for certain costs (2); gays and lesbians should/should not have legal right to get married (1); favor/oppose providing parents with vouchers to send their children to private or religious schools (1); favor/oppose stricter gun laws (1); favor/oppose prayer in public schools (1); support/oppose affirmative action (1); favor/oppose U.S. military action in Iraq (1); satisfied/dissatisfied with life overall (1); personal finances (2); worried about certain things happening in next twelve months (6); general health of respondent (1); current employment status (2); retirement (2); paying attention to government and politics (2); how much elections make government pay attention to what people think (1); people have/do not have a say in what government does (2); Republican/Democratic parties are different/same (1); think people running government are crooked/not crooked (1); currently belong to AARP (1); which party usually vote for in Congressional and Presidential elections (1); 2000 presidential election (2); 2000 congressional election (2); member of labor union (1).

Study# USPSRA2003-MED005
Surver firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates
Survey sponsor: Kaiser Family Foundation & Harvard School of Public Health
Field dates: April 25-June 1, 2003
Sample: National adult with an oversample of those age 65 and over
Sample size: 1,424
Variables: 160
Major topics covered:
Most important health care issue (3); Health Insurance Coverage (2); Medicare supplement(1); Prescription coverage (2); Grade insurance plan (1); Opinion of Medicare (4); Medicare government program (1); Health insurance programs run (3); Which offers more generous health benefits (1); More choices among doctors and hospitals (1); Cost rising faster (2); Medicare able to choose any doctor (1); Medicare covers costs of (2); Medicare sticks with government or privatize (3); Reaction towards things about Medicare (10); Consumer choice in Medicare (1); Most important about own health insurance (1); Medicare Reform (7); Problems with Medicare (8); View of financial condition of Medicare (1); Proposals to keep Medicare financially sound (7); Health Insurance for seniors (1); Prescription coverage for Medicare (2); Differences between Democratic and Republican proposals (3); Two prescription drug plans (10); How much more should seniors pay for prescription drug benefits (5); Drug discount cards (2); Medicare lower costs for drugs only after seniors pay certain amount (2); Easier to buy drugs from Canada (1); Government set limits for prices of drugs (1); Setting price limits would cause drugs companies to do less research and development (1); Other countries setting limits (1); Government negotiating with drug companies (1); Other countries negotiating (1); Medicare government run bureaucracy (1); Private plans put profit first (1); Trust groups for recommending the right thing for Medicare (11); Trust to do better job at handling Medicare (1); Trust with Medicare prescription drugs (2); Any one receive Medicare benefits (1); Problem to pay for prescription drugs (1); Personal health (1); Health stop participation in things (1).

NAC/AARP Poll: Caregivers in the US
Study# USAARP2003-CARE
Survey firm: Belden, Russonello & Stewart
Survey sponsor: National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP
Dates: September 5-12, 2003
Sample: Caregivers–ages 18 and older
Sample size: 1,247
Variables: 150
Major topics covered:
Respondent is/was providing unpaid help to a relative or friend 18 years or older (1); number of adults respondent provides/provided care for (1); relationship to person caring/cared for (1); how often does/did respondent visit person caring/cared for (1); living arrangements of person caring/cared for (1); recipient of care is/was frail/sick/disabled (1); main problem or illness recipient of care has/had (1); recipient of care does/does not or did/did not suffer from Alzheimer’s or other mental confusion (1); for how long have been providing/did provide help to recipient (1); kinds of help provide[d] to recipient (13); hours spend/spent in an average week providing help to recipient (1); prescription medicines taken by recipient (3); anyone else has/has not provided unpaid help to recipient during last twelve months (1); relationship of other caregiver to recipient (1); self/someone else provides/provided most of the care for recipient (2); recipient did/did not receive any paid help during last twelve months (4); employment status during time as caregiver (1); effect of caregiving on job (7); money spent per month on recipient’s care (1); effect of caregiving on life (3); physical strain of caregiving (1); emotional stress of caregiving (1); financial hardship of caregiving (1); did/did not have a choice in taking on responsibility for caring for person (1); coping with demands of caregiving (7); looking for information on internet (3); experiences as a caregiver (7); have/have not done certain things to make caregiving easier for recipient (3); do/do not need more help or information on certain things as a caregiver (14); to where would respondent turn for information about some aspect of helping take care of recipient (6); respondent’s own health (2); ever served in U.S. Armed Forces (2).

Living Longer
Study# USPSRA2001-NW09
Survey firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates
Survey Sponsor: Newsweek
Dates: July 13-17, 2001
Sample: Adults 45 to 65 years old
Sample size: 801
Variables: 101
Major topics covered:
Personal Health (1); Exercise (11); Medication / Supplements (7); Stress (16); Worries (7); Aging (13); Artificial Organs (1); Live to age of…(1); Living Healthier (9); Medical Procedures (6); Sex Life (7)

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