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Why take part?

ELSA helps to build a picture of ageing in England. Government, charities, and academics use ELSA data when thinking about policies and initiatives for people aged 50 and over. This includes things like work, pensions, and healthcare which could affect you and your family.

Thumbs Up A token of our appreciation

As a thank you for taking part, we'll give you a £20 gift card which you can use at a range of high street shops.


How ELSA has made a difference

Smiley ManStaying sharp

ELSA discovered that smoking, being overweight and having high blood pressure aren’t just bad for your physical health. They also affect how sharp your mind is in later life. Organisations like Alzheimer’s Research UK are using this information to support their campaigning work.

Smiley Face Don’t worry, be happy

Data from ELSA has shown that simply enjoying life can have a positive effect on life expectancy.

Clock A little time to make a big difference

It’s easy to say no to our interviewers, but we hope you don’t. We’re not asking for money, just that you spare a little time to share your thoughts and opinions. We know your time is precious, but our work really does make a difference. We help government and charities to make the right decisions about the big issues.

Globe Icon Help us understand how the world's population is ageing 

Our findings from ELSA are often compared against the results of similar studies elsewhere in the world, such as China, Europe and North America.