Why conduct a poll on healthy aging?
The National Poll on Healthy Aging (NPHA) is a recurring, nationally representative household survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults age 50-80.
By tapping into the perspectives of older adults, the NPHA helps inform the public, health care providers, policymakers, and advocates on issues related to health, health care and health policy affecting older adults and their families.
Launched in spring 2017, the NPHA grew out of a strong interest in aging-related issues among many members of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), which brings together nearly 700 U-M faculty who study health, health care and the impacts of health policy. In addition to IHPI, the poll receives support from AARP and Michigan Medicine, U-M's academic medical center.
In 2023, the NPHA team established a partnership with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to develop a Michigan Poll on Healthy Aging based on a representative sample of adults in Michigan.
We share our poll results through poll reports, poll extras, and videos to elevate the voices of the public, inspire future research, and inform state and national conversations around healthy aging. Researchers also rigorously analyze and publish findings in peer reviewed and other publications.
We welcome you to sign up for our emails to receive poll reports as they become available; members of the media may also request pre-embargo access on our For Media page. We also share findings, news coverage and data visualizations via social media, including the IHPI Twitter account and IHPI LinkedIn page.
For more information on the NPHA and its reach, read our 5-year report which highlights the NPHA’s extraordinary impact over its first five years.