About this study
The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing is the only study in
the UK to follow the lives of people aged 50 and over as they get
Wave 4 interviews were conducted during 2008-2009. The sample for Wave 4 was drawn from eligible sample members who had been successfully interviewed at a previous wave. Another cohort was added at Wave 4 to refresh participants aged between 50 and 74. This cohort was drawn from 2006's Health Survey for England and includes cohabiting younger or older partners.
Potential policy impact
One in three people in Britain today is aged 50 and over. Our
study helps the government plan health care services and pension
systems to meet the needs of this ageing population.
By comparing this study with equivalents 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
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.
Read more about the methodology for wave 4 here.
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