Starting 6 March 2017, LISER will launch the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). The survey targets individuals living in Luxembourg who are aged 50 and older to better understand the aging process.
SHARE – the first ever European survey of health, aging and retirement in Europe, provides valuable information for research about living conditions of people aged 50 and older. The objective of this survey is to better understand the aging process and, in particular, to examine the differences in living conditions of elderly people in Europe with the aim to developing policies to improve the quality of life and care.
The SHARE survey is particular for three reasons. Firstly, it is interdisciplinary. It contains nearly 900 questions on health, socio-economic conditions as well as on family and social relationships. Secondly, it is longitudinal. The survey has taken place every 2 years since 2004 which allows for a greater understanding the aging process of individuals. Finally, it is international. The survey is conducted in 28 European countries, including Luxembourg and thus allows for cross-country comparison of results.
In Luxembourg, waves of the survey were conducted in 2013 and 2015, which involved 2,000 individuals. This year, LISER is conducting the third wave of the SHARE survey – the so-called SHARE Life. This wave is specific as it captures the background characteristics of elderly people and information about important aspects in their life, such as partners, children, housing, professional career as well as health and treatment they have undergone so far.
Persons selected to participate in the survey will receive a letter by post with information. Following this, a credentialed interviewer appointed by LISER will contact them to arrange an appointment for a face-to-face interview.