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The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) study, which began in 2002 (though the sample was constructed from earlier data) is a longitudinal survey of ageing and quality of life among older people. It explores the dynamic relationships between health and functioning, social networks and participation, and economic position as people plan for, move into and progress beyond retirement. The study is funded jointly by UK government departments and the National Institute on Aging, in the USA.
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The aim of ELSA is to explore the unfolding dynamic relationships between health, functioning, social networks and economic position. It is in effect a study of people's quality of life as they age beyond 50 and of the factors associated with it.
A sample of people over the age of 50 are interviewed every two years. The ELSA sample was selected from three survey years of the Health Survey for England (1998, 1999 and 2001). Households were included in ELSA if they contained at least one adult of 50 years or older in the household who had agreed to be recontacted at some time in the future.
The data are available in SPSS, Stata, SAS and ASCII tab-delimited formats.
Details of publications are available on the NatCen Ageing research web page.
Downloadable reports are available on the IFS Publications web page.
Details of publications are given in the ELSA resources section of the Guide to the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.
For information on the availability of geographical variables for each of the major ESDS Longitudinal studies, see Geography variables.
ELSA uses the following standard measures:
Variable lists and PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available via English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.
Wave 5 of the study is due to take place in 2010-2011 and data are expected to be deposited in 2012.