|Dataset Full Name||Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe|
SHARE is a multidisciplinary, cross-national, longitudinal study of the European population over 50 years old. 28 European countries plus Israel participate in the SHARE study. The study covers the interplay between economic, health, and social factors in shaping older people’s living conditions. It also aims to address these issues cross-nationally. The wave 3 SHARELIFE survey collected life history calendars designed to identify prominent events in each participant's life. Health measurements include self-reports as well as four physical performance measurements: grip strength (GS), walking speed (WS), peak-flow (PF) and chair stand (CS). Six waves of data have been released with wave 7 data (collected in 2017) expected to be released in spring 2019.
Blood spot samples were collected for 24,000 individuals across 12 SHARE countries in wave 6. Blood spot analysis will focus on markers related to diseases and conditions typical for older people and/or are influenced by lifestyle,including cardiovascular diseases (CVD), diabetes, and markers for stress and cognition. Biomarker data may be available sometime in 2018.
Aging, Longitudinal, Cross-country data, National variation, Socio-economic status, Health care utilization, Health care quality, Health care expenditures, Chronic conditions, Biomarkers, Work, Retirement
||Health Conditions/Disability Measures|
Allergies, Arthritis, Body mass index (BMI)/obesity, Cancer, Cardiovascular conditions, Depression (EURO-D depression scale), Diabetes, Heart attack, Migraine or frequent headaches, Osteoporosis, Stroke
Functional limitations (ADLs and/or IADLs), Hearing disability, Mental health disability, Special equipment use/assistive technology, Visual disability, Work limitation
Grip strength, Walking speed, Peak flow, Memory recall
|Measures/Outcomes of Interest|
Households (Adults ages 50 and older residing in one of the participating countries)
31,115 at baseline (2004)
Refresher samples have been recruited to account for attrition
Sample distribution waves 1-6:
|Unit of Observation||
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
Cross - National
Country data available:
|Data Collection Mode||
|Data Collection Frequency||
Every 2 years
|Strengths and Limitations|
|Data Access Requirements||
Data Use agreement, No cost
First Results from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe
Main SHARE datasets:
Special SHARE datasets:
Other longitudinal ageing studies:
Data Resource Profile: The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)
Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe: First Results from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe
Publications based on SHARE data:
The Survey of Health, Aging, and Retirement in Europe – Methodology
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