Presentation on theme: "English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)"— Presentation transcript:
1 English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) Natasha WoodPresentation is split into two parts.I am going to give a brief background to ELSA then Mai Stafford from UCL is going to present some of the findings from the study.
2 A study of people aged 50+ and their partners BackgroundHow common is it?A study of people aged 50+ and their partnersMulti-disciplinary - health, economic and social circumstancesLongitudinal - change over timeComparative - USA (HRS) and Europe (SHARE)Funding - National Institute on Aging (US) & UK Government DepartmentsMulti-disciplinary cover a wide range of topics. Also collect objective physical measurements through a nurse visit.2
3 Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL Research TeamDept of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCLNational Centre for Social ResearchInstitute for Fiscal StudiesUniversities of Cambridge, East Anglia and ManchesterThis is the research team.
4 History of ELSA Wave 1 2002/3 Wave 2 Nurse visit 2004/5 2006/7 Wave 3 Original sampleinterviewed inHSE 1998/1999/2001Age 50+ on 1 Mar 2002Wave 112,1002002/3Wave 29,432Nurse visit7,6662004/5New cohort sampleHSE 2001/02/03/04Age on 1 Mar 20062006/7Wave 39,771Life-history7,855Refreshment samplefrom HSE 2006Age on 1 Mar 20082008/9Wave 411,050Nurse visit8,641This diagram shows the history of the ELSA study.ELSA Wave 1 began in 2002, the original sample was taken from the Health Survey for England (HSE) – we call the HSE Wave 0. Wave 1 consisted of just a main interviewELSA Wave 2 took place in 2004, at this wave there was a core interview and a nurse visit.ELSA Wave 3 was carried out in 2006 and consisted of a core interview. The sample was refreshed by the HSE sample at this wave.Later on that year we also carried out a life history interview with some ELSA respondents. Life history interview asked about the respondents’ lives prior to joining ELSA – from early childhood to the date they joined ELSA. Information collected using a life grid – to aid recall.Includes questions on:Children - natural, adopt, foster, miscarriages, abortions, still birthsPartners - cohabiting and non-cohab (social networks)Accommodation - addresses for 6 months or more,Work - jobs for 6 months or more, changes in employer, pt or ft, salaries, activities between jobs, whether left because of ill healthHealth - injuries,- childhood health (missed school, hospitalisation, list of conditions and when, impact on current life)- adult health (conditions lasting for more than 1 yr, age, long term effects)- smoking history- gynaecology (age periods started, hysterectomy, ovaries, removed, menopause, HRT)Parents - separation from mother, divorce, care and protectionELSA Wave 4 took place in 2008, there was a core interview and a nurse visit. The mainstage sample was refreshed by the HSE 2006 sample at this wave.Wave 5 began in June 2010.Additional risk module which is a module of questions (or rather games) on attitudes towards financial risk. Games measure willingness to accept a delay in receiving money – deferred gratification and how risky or risk averse they are. Collected in combination with the financial data analyse people choice of pensions, assets etc.Only a sub-sample of just over 1,000 ELSA respondents aged 50 to 74 will be asked this module of questions.Wave 5Risk moduleExp. 1,0002010/11
5 Main Interview Content Household and individual demographicsHealthSocial participationWork and pensionsIncome and assetsHousing and consumptionCognitive function (assessments)ExpectationsEffort and reward (of voluntary work and caring)Psychosocial healthTimed walk (for those 60+)Self-completionThese are the sections of the main ELSA interview. Interview is roughly 80 mins for 1 resp 120 mins for two.Social participation – questions on transport – private and personal, a couple of questions on how they feel about their local area.Cognitive function – respondents carry out a number of activities to measure their short and long term memory, prospective memory (remembering to remember), verbal fluency, mental speed and visual scanning, numeracy and literacy.Expectations – expectations for the future – what degree of certainty they have about future events occurring e.g. living to a certain age, their future health, receiving an inheritancePsycho social health – views on life e.g. how often during the last week they were happy, depressed, lonelyTimed walk – ask those aged 60 and above to walk 8ft (244cm) twice.Self-completion – includes questions on quality of life, social participation, life satisfaction, well-being, personality, social networks, religion, discrimination, diet and alcohol consumption.We also ask consent to link to NHS Central Register, Health and economic records.
6 Blood sample (fasting where possible) Height (standing, sitting) Nurse Visit ContentBlood pressureGrip strengthBlood sample (fasting where possible)Height (standing, sitting)WeightWaist and hip measurementLung functionBalanceLeg riseChair raiseSaliva sample (after visit)This is the content of the nurse visit. Each nurse interview takes an hour.
7 Where to go for more information ELSA website:Data and associated documentation:Contact me: