The tenth sweep of the NCDS will begin in 2020 when the cohort members are aged 62.
It will include
- 75 minute face-to-face interview with cognitive assessments
- Paper self-completion questionnaire
- 50 minute nurse visit
- Life history paper questionnaire (for a 1 in 3 sub-sample)
- Online diet questionnaire
The survey will be conducted by NatCen Social Research. Piloting and development will complete in December 2019 with the main stage due to begin in January 2020.
The interview and paper self-completion questionnaire will cover the following three broad themes:
Family, relationships and identity: including topics such as social networks, relationships with partners, parents, children, friends, neighbourhood, social capital, social and political participation, attitudes and values, religion, and expectations.
Finances and employment: including topics such as work, income, wealth (savings and debts, pensions, and housing), inheritance (receiving and giving) and other transfers, financial literacy, and education.
Health, wellbeing and cognition: including topics such as physical health, mental health, medical care, medication, smoking, drinking, diet, exercise, and cognitive function.
The nurse visit will include a range of objective measurements of health including height, weight, blood pressure, balance and grip strength. Blood samples will also be collected.
The Age 62 sweep will be funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, National Institutes of Health, and Department for Work and Pensions.