Ageing and Health is a longitudinal study on the health status of the Spanish population, directed by researchers from the Department of Psychiatry of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), the Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization, and the Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (PSSJD) from Barcelona. Since 2009, with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the European Commission, its objective has been to analyze the determinants of physical and mental health as people age through face-to-face interviews in the private homes of the participants. Information on households was provided by the National Statistics Institute.
The data that makes up the baseline was collected from a nationally representative sample of non-institutionalized adults as part of the “Collaborative Research on Aging in Europe (COURAGE in Europe)” project between July 2011 and May 2012. The second wave was carried out as part of the “Age with Health” project between December 2014 and June 2015, and four years later, in 2019, the third wave was carried out.
At the baseline, 4,753 participants were interviewed (2011 cohort), of which 2,528 were interviewed in the second wave and 1,576 in the third wave. In 2019-2020 3,000 participants were brought in (2019 cohort), 1,185 of whom were interviewed again by telephone during the first COVID-19 lockdown, in early 2020. During 2021 a new evaluation of the participants of both cohorts is expected (2011 and 2009).