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The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA)

Research Study

originally posted by Research Admin on 2012-10-22 09:56:43.719 and updated 2015-04-09 16:23:26.167


A research collaboration between Massey University and the Family Centre.

The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA) was established in 2007 and combined two research teams who had worked on two research projects investigating the health and ageing of New Zealanders:

  • The Health, Work, & Retirement Longitudinal Study (HWR) based at Massey University,
  • Enhancing Wellbeing in an Ageing Society (EWAS) a research collaboration between the Family Centre and Waikato University.

Combining the 2,500 people who have taken part in both waves on the HWR study with a further 1,500 randomly selected people from around the country aged between 50-85 years, NZLSA follows 4,000 New Zealanders in order to understand the ongoing factors that promote successful ageing. The research investigated what factors contribute to people’s quality of life in four broad areas as they age:

  1. Economic participation (e.g. meaning of work, employment, retirement)
  2. Social participation (e.g. family support, social capital, civic participation)
  3. Intergenerational transfers (e.g. family care, income, wealth and knowledge)
  4. Resilience and health (e.g. control, coping, physical, emotional, cognitive)

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Foundation for Research, Science and Technology


Fiona Alpass
Christine V. Stephens
Charles Waldegrave
Peter King

Research Abstracts

Aucklanders 50 and over: A health, social, economic and demographic summary analysis of the life experiences of older Aucklanders

The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Summary report - caregiving

The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Summary report - health

The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Summary report - social integration, health and quality of life

Quality of life in indigenous and non-indigenous older adults: assessing the CASP-12 factor structure and identifying a brief CASP-3