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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.
GN 33368 | English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
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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.
Downloadable reports are available on the ELSA publications web page.
ELSA contains Government Office Region as the standard spatial identifier variable. More detailed variables can be requested directly from NatCen. Please see the ELSA User Guide for more information.
ELSA uses the following standard measures:
Variable lists and PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available via English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.
Wave 7 of the study took place in 2014-2015 and data are expected to be deposited in 2016.
An overview of the governance routes for applying for genetic and bio-medical sample data, which are not available through the UK Data Service, can be found on the METADAC (Managing Ethico-social, Technical and Administrative issues in Data Access) web pages.