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The Rancho Bernardo Study of Healthy Aging

University of California, San Diego

The Rancho Bernardo Study (RBS) of Healthy Aging is a community-based study, now in its 44th year. The RBS was established between 1972 and 1974 when 82% of adult residents (aged 30-79 years) of Rancho Bernardo, a suburb of San Diego, California were enrolled. Because Rancho Bernardo was marketed as a retirement community, participants had moved from all parts of the US, and half were age 60 and older.  Most were married, of Northern European ancestry, and middle to upper middle class.  Since then, follow-up examinations have been conducted at approximate 4-year intervals.  More than 400 studies based on the RBS cohort have been published to date, many with doctoral and post-doctoral students as first author.

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