English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)Jump to Mental Health Measures
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.
UCL Research Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, Institute for Fiscal Studies, NatCen Social Research & University of Manchester School of Social Sciences
Cohort survey (replenished)
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
Sample size at most recent sweep
Age at recruitment
Cohort year of birth
UK Data Service
Genetic data collected
Linkage to administrative data
Ageing, biomarkers, cognitive measures, diet and nutrition, genetic data, income and socioeconomic status, loneliness, physical health, work and employment, COVID
Steptoe A, Breeze E, Banks J & Nazroo J (2013). Cohort profile: the English longitudinal study of ageing. International Journal of Epidemiology, 42, 1640–1648.