NCDS Age 62 Sweep

Sweep details

Sweep status Fieldwork paused in light of COVID-19
Dates January 2020 to June 2021
Age 61-63
Respondents Cohort members
Fieldwork agency NatCen and Kantar Public
Survey mode Face-to-face (interviewers and nurses)

The tenth sweep of the NCDS will begin in 2020 when the cohort members are aged 62.

It will include

  • 80 minute face-to-face interview with cognitive assessments
  • Paper self-completion questionnaire
  • 60 minute nurse visit
  • Life history paper questionnaire (for a 1 in 3 sub-sample)
  • Online diet questionnaire

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 is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, National Institutes of Health, and Department for Work and Pensions.

The main stage of the sweep will begin in January 2020. Fieldwork will take place over 18 months and is scheduled to end in June 2021. Data will then be cleaned and documented and will be available for researchers to use in 2022.

A summary of the content of each of the elements is provided below. A more detailed summary of the biomeasures that will be conducted is also provided. This document summarises the protocols which will be followed and gives details about comparability with measurements conducted in other similar studies.

Documents to Download (PDF)

NCDS Age 62 Sweep – Content Summary
NCDS Age 62 Sweep – Biomeasures Summary Brief

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UCL Social Research Institute

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