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National Survey of the Aged, 1975 (ICPSR 7945)

Principal Investigator(s): Shanas, Ethel


This survey was conducted during the spring and summer of 1975 under a grant from the Administration on Aging and with supplemental funding from the Social Security Administration. It surveyed noninstitutionalized Americans aged 65 and older with a special focus on developing national estimates of the economic needs and social concerns of the elderly. The survey attempted to describe the aged population and to indicate the degree of health, financial independence, and familial support of 2,143 older Americans. Also studied were the work status of respondents, their past and present attitudes toward work, their desire for gainful employment, their income and assets, their evaluation of their own financial status, and their reported use of health and welfare services. The data collection comprises three files. Part 1 contains the general survey, Part 2 is a survey of proxy respondents, and Part 3 supplies information on persons who could not complete an interview.

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DS1:  General Survey - Download All Files (17.359 MB)
DS2:  Proxy Respondents - Download All Files (10.589 MB)
DS3:  Noncontacts - Download All Files (10.623 MB)

Study Description


Shanas, Ethel. National Survey of the Aged, 1975. ICPSR07945-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1982.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Administration on Aging
  • United States Social Security Administration

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aging, economic behavior, eldercare, family relationships, financial assets, health care services, health expenditures, health status, income, job expectations, living conditions, older adults, personal finances, quality of life, retirement, self evaluation, social issues, supportive services, welfare services, work attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1975

Universe:    Noninstitutionalized Americans aged 65 and older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This collection contains weights that may be used to compensate for nonrespondents and location.


Sample:    Multistage probability sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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