This study will examine the effect of health status on the inter_generational patterns of caregiving, with special attention to issues of measurement and to the experiences of minorities. Caregiving (and care receiving) is of interest because it is an important component of intergenerational transfers, and because it can affect the health of both giver and recipient. The study will examine factors that promote or inhibit caregiving and carereceiving among adults over age 50. It will also examine how well different questions measures the extent of caregiving. Data from the HRS (Health and Retirement Survey) and the MIDUS (Midlife Development Survey) will be analyzed.