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.
A recent study using data from ELSA has demonstrated that older people who are happier and enjoy life more show slower declines in physical function as they age, They are less likely to develop impairments in activities of daily living and their walking speed declines at a slower rate than those who enjoy life less.
The ELSA Wave 6 fieldwork was completed in May 2013. The main data will be available to access from the Economic and Social Data Service archive by mid-February 2014.