NPHA Data Available for Free Public Use

The National Poll on Healthy Aging publishes its data for public use to help advance research on aging and health. Data files are now available for download through the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)'s Open Aging Repository, a free self-publishing option for gerontological researchers to share their work. Additional data will be archived on an ongoing basis.

Access the Data:

The data can be downloaded in Stata, SAS, and SPSS formats.


NPHA Wave 1 Data 

Poll fielded: April 2017
Topics: Prescription medications and drug interactions, dental care for 50-64, sleep, dementia caregivers

Related NPHA reports
Doctors and Pharmacists: An Underused Resource to Manage Drug Costs for Older Adults 
- Drug Interactions: How to Avoid Them 
Dental Care at Midlife: Unmet Needs, Uncertain Future 
Trouble Sleeping? Don't Assume it's a Normal Part of Aging
Dementia Caregivers: Juggling, Delaying, and Looking Forward


NPHA Wave 2 Data 

Poll fielded: October 2017
Topics: Flu vaccines for nursing home staff and residents, overuse of healthcare, medical marijuana, sexual health of adults age 65-80

Related NPHA reports: 
Flu Vaccine for Nursing Home Staff and Residents 
Too Much of a Good Thing? Overuse of Health Care 
Older Adults' Perspectives on Medical Marijuana

Let's Talk About Sex


NPHA Wave 3 Data 

Poll fielded: March 2018
Topics: Patient portals, opioid prescriptions, vision and eye care, genetic testing views of adults age 50–64, urinary incontinence among women

Related NPHA reports: 
Logging in: Using Patient Portals to Access Health Information 
Older Adults’ Experiences with Opioid Prescriptions 
Vision and Eye Care in Older Adults 
Older Adults' Views on Genetic Testing 
Urinary Incontinence: An Inevitable Part of Aging?

NPHA Wave 4 Data 

Poll fielded: October 2018
Topics: Brain health, grandchild/medication storage, health insurance, pets, loneliness

Related NPHA reports: 
Safely Storing Medication Around Grandchildren
- Thinking About Brain Health
- How Pets Contribute to Healthy Aging
- Loneliness and Health
- Health Insurance Decision-Making Near Retirement

NPHA Wave 5 Data 

Poll fielded: May 2019
Topics: Antibiotics, emergency preparedness, physician ratings/searching for doctor online, telehealth

Related NPHA reports: 
- Searching for a Good Doctor, Online
- Antibiotic Use & Concerns
- Emergency Planning among Older Adults
- Virtual Visits: Telehealth and Older Adults


NPHA Wave 6 Data 

Poll fielded: December 2019
Topics: Ageism, dental care for 65-80, comprehensive medication reviews, food insecurity, cooking habits

Related NPHA reports: 
- Everyday Ageism and Health
Dental Care & Coverage After 65: Experiences & Perspectives
Older Adults' Experiences with Comprehensive Medication Reviews
- The Joy of Cooking and its Benefits for Older Adults
- How Food Insecurity Affects Older Adults