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A research-driven approach to supporting older adults.

Established as an exploratory center in 1994 with funds from the National Institute on Aging, the Aging Action Research Network (AARN) is a collective of NORC researchers with an interest in the health of older adults.

On their own or together with university academics, our specialists help our client organizations provide health and social services more effectively and equitably to people in or nearing retirement. Our partners range from national organizations serving millions of people to neighborhood groups serving thousands.

AARN’s broad network of scholars combines NORC’s sampling expertise with innovative data collection methods to study issues such as biobehavioral pathways, elder mistreatment, healthcare policy, health equity, loneliness, mobility and transportation, and the social determinants of health. More recently, AARN has focused on translating its broader research into tools and programs that can support healthy aging in diverse communities.

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Trustworthy Insights on Americans Age 50 and Over

The lack of reliable data on Americans age 50 and older—and all of its subgroups—has made it difficult for companies and organizations to adequately serve their needs. So NORC has joined forces with AARP to address the challenge by launching Foresight 50+, the highest-quality research panel of Americans age 50 and over.

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Evaluation of the YMCA ForeverWell Expansion Project

NORC evaluated a holistic health and wellness program for older adults living in rural communities


YMCA of the USA

Reconceptualizing Positive Aging to Support Older Latinos

Concept mapping and community-based participatory research


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