English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)

 
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Overview

Aims
The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) is a longitudinal study that collects multidisciplinary data from a representative sample of the English population aged 50 and older. The survey data are designed to be used for the investigation of a broad set of topics relevant to understanding the ageing process including economic position, physical and mental health, labour market activity, retirement and social networks.

Institution
UCL Research Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, Institute for Fiscal Studies, NatCen Social Research & University of Manchester School of Social Sciences

Geographic coverage - Nations
England

Geographic coverage - Regions
Nationwide

Start date
2002

Sample

Sample type
Cohort Survey (Replenished); Ageing cohort

Sample details
Sample members are drawn from respondents to the Health Survey for England (HSE). Around 12,000 respondents from three separate years of the HSE survey were recruited to provide a representative sample of the English population aged 50 and over and their partners. At waves 3, 4, 6 and 7 the study was replenished with new study participants (refreshments) from HSE to maintain the size and representativeness of the panel.

Sample size at recruitment
12,100 individuals

Sample size at most recent sweep
7,222

Sex
All

Age at recruitment
50+

Cohort year of birth
Various

Data

Data access
UK Data Service
https://www.elsa-project.ac.uk/accessing-elsa-data

Genetic data collected

Linkage to administrative data
Environmental data
Health data
Income/tax and benefits

Additional information

Website
elsa-project.ac.uk

Related themes
Covid-19 data collection, Biomarkers, Cognitive measures, Cognitive decline, Diet and nutrition, Sexuality and gender identity, Housing, Socioeconomic status and deprivation, Language and literacy, Loneliness and social isolation, Migration and immigration, Neighbourhood, Personality, Physical health assessment, Digital technology and social media, Victimisation and life events, Reproductive health, Work and employment, Sleep problems, Social care - receipt, Social care - provision, Social care - need

Reference paper

Steptoe A, Breeze E, Banks J & Nazroo J (2013). Cohort profile: the English longitudinal study of ageing. International Journal of Epidemiology, 42, 1640–1648.
doi.org/10.1093/ije/dys168

Funders
National Institute on Aging
Department for Transport
Department of Health and Social Care
Department for Work and Pensions
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