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Government To Study Informal Caregiving

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The Census Bureau will be surveying more than 97,000 U.S. residents in 2006 about topics such as retirement planning and caring for frail and disabled adults.[@@]

The Census Bureau has described the survey today in a notice in the Federal Register. The notice seeks public comments about the survey, Wave 7 of the 2004 panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation.

When the Census Bureau conducts the SIPP surveys, it selects the homes to be included in the panel, then interviews all residents in the homes who are 15 years of age or older.

Census workers interview participants in “waves” every 4 months. The workers ask participants core questions about jobs and income during each wave of interviews. The workers also ask supplemental, “topic module” questions.

For the Wave 7 interviews, which will be conducted between February 2006 and May 2006, the topic module questions will collect information about informal caregiving, retirement and pension plan coverage, and annual income and retirement accounts, Census Bureau officials write in the Federal Register notice.

Comments on the survey are due Sept. 26.

The Wave 7 notice is on the Web at