|The primary objective of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) is to collect longitudinal multidisciplinary data from a representative sample of the English population aged 50 and older.|
We collect both objective and subjective data relating to health and disability, biological markers of disease, economic circumstance, social participation, networks and well-being. ELSA aims to measure outcomes across a wide range of domains and to provide high-quality multidisciplinary data that can shed light on the causes and consequences of outcomes of interest. Current funding for ELSA will extend the panel to 16 years of study, giving significant potential for longitudinal analyses to examine causal processes.
The survey data are designed to be used for the investigation of a broad set of topics relevant to understanding the ageing process. These include:
In each of these domains, we aim to use high-quality measures.