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United Kingdom - England Longitudinal Study of Ageing, Waves 0-7 1998-2015 - UK Data Service


General Info
Original or alternative title 
English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1998 - 12/2015
Series or system 
United Kingdom - England Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)
Data type
  • Exam
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal

This dataset covers waves 0-7 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, known as ELSA. Wave zero consists of 1998, 1999, and 2001 Health Survey of England (HSE) subsample selected to participate in ELSA. The ELSA sample is occasionally refreshed from HSE. ELSA provides data on health, social engagements, and the financial status of England residents ages 50 and over. In even number waves, health tests are conducted. Tests include standing and sitting, height, weight, waist and hip measurement, lung function, balance, leg raise, chair rise, grip strength, and a saliva log (cortisol test). Blood tests were conducted in waves two and four. Cognition tests are conducted at each wave.

Aged adults, Alcohol use, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, Amputation, Anemia, Anthropometry, Antihypertensive drugs, Anxiety, Anxiety disorders, Assets, Asthma, Back pain, Bipolar affective disorder, Blood glucose, Blood pressure, Blood tests, Body mass index, Breast cancer, Breathing difficulty, Calcium, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Causes of death, Causes of morbidity, Cerebrovascular diseases, Chemotherapy, Cholesterol, Chronic respiratory diseases, Claudication, Cognitive assessment, Colon and rectum cancers, Conduction disorders and other dysrhythmias, Counseling, Diabetes, Digital rectal examinations, Domestic migration, Drug consumption, Edentulism, Education, Electricity, Employment, Employment benefits, Ethnicity, Falls, Family composition, Fatigue, Food expenditures, Fruits, Glaucoma, Glomerular filtration rate, Glucose tests, Health insurance, Health literacy, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Heart failure, Height, Hemoglobin, Hormone replacement therapy, Household air pollution, Household deaths, Household expenditures, Household heat, Housing conditions, Housing materials, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, Hysterectomy, Income, Incontinence, Insulin, International migration, Internet, Ischemic heart disease, Leukemia, Limited mobility, Macular degeneration, Marital status, Mass media, Medical tests, Medicines, Menopause, Menstruation, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mental health diagnostic interview, Mental health symptoms, Microalbuminuria screening, Mobility aids, Mortality, Musculoskeletal diseases, Nurses, Occupations, Oral hygiene, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Pain, Parental survival, Parkinson's disease, Personal health expenditures, Physical activity, Physical therapy, Prostheses and implants, Public social assistance, Race, Respiratory function tests, Rheumatoid arthritis, Rose Angina Questionnaire, Schizophrenia, Screening, Screening mammography, Sexual behavior, Skin cancers, Sleep, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Taxes, Telephones, Tobacco smoking, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Traditional medicine, Transportation, Unemployment, Unintentional injuries, Unipolar depressive disorders, Vegetables, Vision loss, Vitamin D supplements, Weight, Weight change