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. In its pilot phase, HAGIS interviewed over 1,000 people aged 50 or over in Scotland. The pilot tested a number of innovative aspects of HAGIS and is currently informing developments of the full-scale version of the survey. In particular, the HAGIS pilot successfully managed the processes and systems required to link the survey data with other data that is routinely collected in Scotland in the fields of health, social care, education and benefits.
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.
We wish to extend thanks to our survey participants, the interviewers, and our survey company, FACTS International. We couldn’t have done it with you. We give thanks and acknowledgement to the National Institute of Aging and the Nuffield Foundation who provided funding for the pilot study.