About the 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 older.
Wave 6 interviews started in May 2012 and will end in June 2013. The sample for Wave 6 is drawn from eligible sample members who have been successfully interviewed at one or more of the previous waves. Another cohort has been added in Wave 6 to refresh participants aged between 50 and 55. This cohort is drawn from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Health Survey for England.
The findings from wave 6 will be published in a report in October 2014. Learn more about the study series.
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 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.