Table 1

Characteristics of study population according to age groups and working status across study phases: Health and Retirement Study (n of observations 63 008)

Full-time work (N=5891)Retired (N=57 117)
65–6970–7475–7980–8565–6970–7475–7980–85
n3708146453218714 10315 89214 61212 510
Men, %61.564.871.173.847.947.046.945.1
Race, %
 White81.284.487.090.981.183.184.685.8
 Black14.212.710.79.115.513.812.611.7
 Other4.62.92.30.03.43.12.92.5
Education, %
 Less than high school22.724.726.731.631.332.133.836.4
 High school50.249.952.843.952.451.650.348.7
 College and above27.125.420.524.616.316.315.915.0
Non-housing financial wealth, %
 Lowest tertile35.533.430.319.236.934.032.229.4
 Middle tertile36.635.035.233.532.533.433.233.6
 Highest tertile27.831.634.547.330.632.634.636.9
Covered by health insurance, %85.897.398.198.285.598.999.499.5
Body Mass Index, %
 Normal weight27.631.131.441.029.432.637.446.2
 Overweight42.943.446.543.240.740.741.238.7
 Obese29.525.522.215.929.926.721.415.1
Smoking, %
 Never smoker40.840.540.343.235.137.639.643.8
 Ex-smoker45.849.049.551.448.150.151.550.4
 Current smoker13.410.510.25.416.812.39.05.8
Low physical activity, %62.563.161.264.367.070.072.878.9
Number of lifestyle-related risks, %
 025.830.132.736.423.226.226.223.2
 146.146.547.747.644.547.052.060.9
 2 or more28.123.419.616.032.326.821.715.9
Number of diseases, %
 034.130.830.824.121.320.417.515.2
 141.940.134.841.238.836.535.033.1
 2 or more24.029.134.434.839.943.147.551.7