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Overview of Data

TILDA collects a wide range of data on the health, economic and social aspects of participants' lives through personal interviews, self-completion questionnaires and health assessment measures.

Computer-Aided Personal Interviews & Self-Completion Questionnaires

Demographic data

  • Schooling
  • Childhood
  • Migration history

Socioeconomic data

  • Employment situation & job history
  • Pensions
  • Education
  • Lifelong learning
  • ICT
  • Household composition
  • Sources of income
  • Health insurance cover
  • Financial & other assets
  • House ownership

 

General health-related data

  • Self-rated health status
  • Disease history
  • Incontinence
  • Sensory function
  • Chronic pain
  • Cognitive function
  • Weight change in last 12 months
  • Healthcare utilisation
  • Medical screening
  • Current medications (including over the counter)

Social support & intergenerational transfers

  • Transfers to children
  • Transfers to parents
  • Difficulties with activities of daily living
  • Helpers
  • Transport

Mood and mental situation

  • Self-rated mood status
  • Life events
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Quality of life
  • Stress loneliness
  • Satisfaction
  • Ageing perceptions questionnaire
  • Social connectedness

Personal health behaviours

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Physical activity
  • Sleep

*Grip strength and walking speed physical measures are taken during interview-only waves.

Health Assessment

Cognition/Neuropsychological

  • Mood
  • Global cognition
  • Attention
  • Visual memory
  • Processing speed
  • Executive function

 

Cardiovascular

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Height/Weight
  • Hip and waist size
  • Heart rate variability
  • Pulse wave velocity
  • Phasic blood pressure

Strength and Bone Density

  • Grip strength
  • Heel ultrasound

Gait, Balance and Sensory

  • Timed up and go
  • Gait assessment
  • Balance
  • Visual acuity
  • Contrast sensitivity

Macular Degeneration

  • Macular pigment optical density
  • Retinal photograph

*A venous blood sample is collected.