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1 English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) Natasha Wood

2 How common is it? A study of people aged 50+ and their partners Multi-disciplinary - health, economic and social circumstances Longitudinal - change over time Comparative - USA (HRS) and Europe (SHARE) Funding - National Institute on Aging (US) & UK Government Departments Background

3 Research Team Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL National Centre for Social Research Institute for Fiscal Studies Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia and Manchester

4 Wave 1 12,100 Wave 2 9,432 Wave 3 9,771 Wave 4 11,050 Nurse visit 7,666 Nurse visit 8, /3 2004/5 2006/7 2008/9 Original sample interviewed in HSE 1998/1999/2001 Age 50+ on 1 Mar 2002 New cohort sample HSE 2001/02/03/04 Age on 1 Mar 2006 Life-history 7,855 Refreshment sample from HSE 2006 Age on 1 Mar 2008 Wave 5 Risk module Exp. 1, /11 History of ELSA

5 Household and individual demographics Health Social participation Work and pensions Income and assets Housing and consumption Cognitive function (assessments) Expectations Effort and reward (of voluntary work and caring) Psychosocial health Timed walk (for those 60+) Self-completion Main Interview Content

6 Nurse Visit Content Blood pressure Grip strength Blood sample (fasting where possible) Height (standing, sitting) Weight Waist and hip measurement Lung function Balance Leg rise Chair raise Saliva sample (after visit)

7 Where to go for more information ELSA website: Data and associated documentation: Contact me:

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