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ELSA study is a longitudinal survey of ageing and quality of life among older people that 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.
Main Topics/Subject Category
Health, disability, healthy life expectancy, economic position, physical and cognitive health, the determinants of economic position in older age, timing and circumstances of retirement , post-retirement labour market activity, nature of social networks, support and participation, household and family structure .
England, accidents, accounts, age, ageing, alcohol consumption, anthropometric data, arthritis, assets, asthma, attitudes, banks, body circumference measurements, bonds, business ownership, businesses, cancer, cardiovascular, diseases, care of dependants, care of the, elderly, central heating, children, chronic illness, cinema attendance, clinical tests and measurements, clubs, cognition disorders, cognitive processes, communities, concert going, consumer goods, coughing, council tax, credit card use, cultural goods, cultural identity, death, debilitative illness, decision making, depression, diabetes, domestic appliances, domestic equipment aids, early retirement, economic activity, educational background, educational courses, elderly, emotional states, employees, employment, employment history, ethnic groups
Identifier Variables
ELSA team are not depositing any variables which will allow analysis by or on spatial units. However, in certain circumstances these data can provided to researchers who want to use it. Details of how to obtain access to these data are given in the User Guide for Geographical Variables available from:
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Data Available
Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
National Centre for Social Research
Data Type
Survey (longitudinal)
Coverage (date of field work)
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis
Individuals aged 50 years and over resident in the household sector in England. Wave 1: 12,100 cases. Wave 2: 9,433 cases. Wave 3: 9,771 cases
UK Data Archive, ESDS longitudinal
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
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