Cognitive and Happy Life Expectancy in the US

Cognitive and Happy Life Expectancy in the US
This pilot study examines the relationship between cognitive impairment and perceived high quality of life. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the study explores the life expectancies of those with cognitive impairment, and looks at the ages in which a cognitive impairment affects quality of life. It also reviews the variances of happy and cognitive life across demographic groups which are defined by sex, race, region and socioeconomic status. Information generated from this analysis investigates whether the lack of cognitive impairment is a necessary condition for a high quality of life, and if happy life expectancy exceeds cognitive life expectancy. 

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