What is the main objective of ELSA?

The aim of ELSA is to explore the unfolding dynamic relationships between health, functioning, social networks and economic position in people aged 50 and over who reside in England. You can find out more in the About us section.

How often are people interviewed for the survey and who is interviewed?

A sample of people over the age of 50 are interviewed every two years. The ELSA sample was selected from three survey years of the Health Survey for England (1998, 1999 and 2001). Households were included in ELSA if they contained at least one adult of 50 years or older in the household who had agreed to be recontacted at some time in the future. Find out more in the About us section.

What data are collected in ELSA?

An overview can be found in The data we collect section.

How can I access ELSA data?

ELSA data are available from the UK Data Service. For full details, visit the Accessing ELSA data page

When are future waves likely to be made available?

Data are currently available up to Wave 8. Wave 9 data collection began in July 2018 and is expected to be completed in Summer 2019. Sign up for alerts when new data are available.

How can I access genetic and biomedical data for this survey?

ELSA genetic data can be downloaded directly from the European Genome/Phenome Archive (EGA) website. Find out more in the Accessing ELSA data page.