NCDS Age 61 Survey

The tenth wave of the National Child Development Study (1958 British birth cohort) will take place in 2020 when the cohort members are aged 61.

The Age 61 survey will commence in early 2020 and 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 of the survey will take place from June 2018 to December 2019 with the main stage of fieldwork 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 61 survey will be funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, National Institutes of Health, and Department for Work and Pensions.