About this study
One in three people living in Britain today is aged 50 and over. The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing is the only study in the UK to follow the lives of people aged 50 and over. You can read reports of the findings from each survey wave:
The study is primarily concerned with the health, economic
position and quality of life of its participants.
By collecting data from people every two years we gain extraordinary insights into how people's experiences vary and how their circumstances change over time.
The survey covers lots of topics that taken together paint a detailed picture of what life is like for the UK's aging population. Topics include:
Potential policy impact
Our study helps the Government plan health care services and
pension systems to meet the needs of this ageing population.
By comparing findings from this study with equivalent studies in the US and Europe we gain greater understanding of just how much impact national policies and contexts have on people's lives.
We have selected people aged 50 and over who previously took part in the Health Survey for England to take part in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.
We interview these people every two years. The advantage of interviewing the same people who took part in Health Survey for England is that we can combine existing data with new data to learn much more about people's health, economic position and quality of life over time.
To find out more about how this study is carried out please read about the methods.
Further analyses and publications are listed at the ELSA web site. Or click the links below for details of each study.