Why You Are Important


You are part of one of the longest running and most diverse national studies to ever be conducted. You were scientifically selected to be part of this study in 1972 and you cannot be replaced by anyone else. You and your fellow members of NLS-72 are in a unique position to help researchers better understand how education and earlier life circumstances affect who experiences illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and who continued to enjoy healthy, happy lives into their 70s and beyond. You can help us learn what early life factors protect against dementia and other health problems before they start.


With funding from the National Institute on Aging, a part of the National Institutes of Health, we hope to build a more complete story of your health. Combining your educational history, life experiences, and biology, researchers will be able to better understand what factors promote health and wellbeing later in life. To do this, we are excited to share that we will be adding new and important health measures into the NLS-72 follow-up study!

Protecting Your Privacy

The results from this visit will be used only for research purposes and will not be linked to your name or any other identifying information. To learn more about how your privacy will be protected, visit our privacy page.

Thank you!

Your participation will help us learn how to keep you, your friends, and your family enjoying long, healthy and happy lives. Thanks for being such an important part of the study!