Aging and the Life Course

According to the most recent U.S. Census data, there are now more people over the age of 65 than at any point in U.S. history. As older Americans account for a larger share of our population, it will be increasingly important to understand the health-related needs and expectations of these individuals. NORC’s program on the study of aging is integral to that understanding.

Among NORC’s most expansive and influential studies is the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, the first nationally representative survey on the impact of social and intimate relationships on older individuals’ health and longevity. Coupled with NORC’s work on early childhood development and the environmental factors that infl uence long-term health, NORC data provide a comprehensive view of health across the life course.