Healthy Ageing in Scotland (HAGIS) is a study of people aged 50+ in Scotland. It collects data on their health, economic and social circumstances. It uses this information to help researchers understand the lives of Scotland’s older people. This understanding will help improve the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s older people.
HAGIS is the first Scottish study to follow older people over time - the intention is to re-interview members of the study at intervals of two years. HAGIS is part of the Health & Retirement study family of longitudinal ageing studies. Together, these studies cover more than half the world’s population aged 50+. By bringing them together, it is possible to compare the lives of older Scots with those of older people across Europe, or in the USA or China. Comparisons with other countries provide many opportunities to learn from their policies and practices.