National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

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American Perceptions of Aging in the 21st Century [APA21], 2000 (ICPSR 3326)

Principal Investigator(s): Cutler, Neal E.; Whitelaw, Nancy A.


This survey, the third in a series of studies conducted by the National Council on the Aging, was undertaken to record changes in views about aging among older people as well as younger adults. The series began with the MYTH AND REALITY OF AGING, 1974 (ICPSR 7657) and was followed by AGING IN THE EIGHTIES: AMERICA IN TRANSITION, 1981 (ICPSR 8691). This study, done in collaboration with the International Longevity Center - USA, Ltd., updates topics from MYTH AND REALITY OF AGING with items that explore the ideas and beliefs about aging. Major issues touched upon include the myth of generational warfare, aging experiences in the past 25 years, retirement, health, and anticipations of a long life. Demographic variables include race, age, gender, religion, education, and income.

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Cutler, Neal E., and Nancy A. Whitelaw. American Perceptions of Aging in the 21st Century [APA21], 2000. ICPSR03326-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002.

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This study was funded by:

  • OppenheimerFunds, Inc
  • Pfizer, Inc

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aging, beliefs, expectations, health, older adults, perceptions, retirement, young adults

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1999--2000

Date of Collection:   

  • 1999-12-29--2000-03-05

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Nationally representative sample with an oversample of persons over age 65 and minorities over age 65.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2002-03-29

Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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