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We periodically create MIDUS newsletters and share them with our research participants. The newsletters provide summaries of some key findings that have resulted from the MIDUS study. (You will need Acrobat Reader to view them.)

MIDUS Goes Forward  cover imageMIDUS Goes Forward
We're happy to report that this important national study is continuing into its third decade. We hope past participants will continue with MIDUS 3 and help us understand even more about midlife and older age in the US.
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Volunteering cover imageVolunteering - Does it Help Us As We Age?
Researchers have used MIDUS data to examine how helping others by volunteering time or donating money might influence the well-being of the volunteers themselves.
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Childhood Experiences coverThe Long Reach of Childhood Experiences
The MIDUS national study included multiple questions about memories of childhood experiences. We are finding that people's answers to these questions are linked with their mental and physical health in adulthood. Here we provide an overview of some of these findings.
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Daily Stress cover imageDaily Stress- How Does it Affect Our Health & Well-being
2022 MIDUS participants, aged 34-84, completed telephone interviews about their daily experiences eight evenings in a row. MIDUS researchers are interested in whether the stress of day to day living wears us out.
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Cognitive Abilities coverCognitive Abilities - What Changes with Age & Can We Improve?
Cognitive abilities help us think quickly about complex information, remember details, react to new situations, make decisions, and organize our lives.
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Body Mass Index cover imageBody Mass Index - Psychological and Health Aspects
Using new MIDUS data, we review the links between BMI and multiple aspects of people's lives.
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Subjective Aging cover imageSubjective Aging - Importance of How Old You Feel
The answers MIDUS repondents gave to how old they feel as well as what age they would like to be, showed interesting variation depending on their age, gender, health status, and activity levels.
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Marital Status cover imageMarital Status - Links to Physical and Mental Health
With new data from MIDUS, we look at the health and well-being of those who are married compared to those who are not.
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Medications cover imageMedications - Prescription Medications and Dietary Supplements
We find that patterns of medication usage are linked with many factors, such as one's gender, age, educational level, health status, and well-being.
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