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English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)

People taking part in a demonstration
The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) collects data from people aged over 50 to understand all aspects of ageing in England. 

More than 18,000 people have taken part in the study since it started in 2002, with the same people re-interviewed every two years.

ELSA collects information on people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing, finances, and attitudes around ageing and how these change over time.

Data from ELSA participants informs policy across all aspects of ageing including health and social care, retirement and pensions policy, and social and civic participation.

ELSA was established as a sister study to the Health and Retirement Study in the US. ELSA is now part of a growing network of longitudinal ageing studies around the world which provide national data on ageing as well as the opportunity for cross-national comparisons.

The principal investigator for ELSA is Professor Andrew Steptoe, Head of the UCL Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health.

ELSA Project Manager: Kate Coughlin (k.coughlin@ucl.ac.uk)
ELSA Administrator: Najma Hussain (najma.hussain@ucl.ac.uk)

Collaborators: Institute for Fiscal Studies, The University of Manchester, NatCen Social Research and University of East Anglia

Image by Centre for Ageing Better