Australian [Adelaide] Longitudinal Study of Aging, Wave 6: [1999-2000] (ICPSR 3679)

Principal Investigator(s): Andrews, Gary R., Flinders University of South Australia. Centre for Ageing Studies; Myers, George C., Flinders University of South Australia. Centre for Ageing Studies


The general purpose of the Australian [Adelaide] Longitudinal Study of Aging (ALSA) is to gain further understanding of how social, biomedical, and environmental factors are associated with age-related changes in the health and well-being of persons aged 70 years and older. Emphasis is given to the effects of social and economic factors on morbidity, disability, acute and long-term care service use, and mortality. The aim is to analyze the complex relationships between individual and social factors and changes in health status, health care needs, and service utilization dimensions. Components of Wave 6 (1999-2000) (Part 1) include a comprehensive personal interview conducted via the Computer-Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) system, a home-based assessment of physiological functions, self-completed questionnaires, and additional clinical studies. In Part 2, Wave 6 Clinical Data, information about the health histories of the respondents was elicited, including information on medication, blood pressure, and physical and mental disabilities.

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

  • National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

    This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Wave 6 Data - Download All Files (6.794 MB)
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DS2:  Wave 6 Clinical Data - Download All Files (3.109 MB)
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Study Description


Andrews, Gary R., and George C. Myers. Australian [Adelaide] Longitudinal Study of Aging, Wave 6: [1999-2000]. ICPSR03679-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2003.

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This study was funded by:

  • South Australian Health Commission
  • Australian Rotary Health Research Fund
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health (US/NIH AG-08523-02)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aging, disabilities, health care services, health services utilization, health status, long term care, medications, mental health, mental health services, older adults, quality of life

Geographic Coverage:    Australia, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1999--2000

Date of Collection:   

  • 1999--2000

Universe:    Persons aged 70 and older living in the metropolitan area of Adelaide, South Australia.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data, clinical data, survey data


Sample:    The sample was randomly generated from within the Adelaide Statistical Division using the State Electoral Data Base as the sampling frame. The sample was stratified by gender and by the age groups 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85 and older. Both community and institutionalized individuals were included. In addition, spouses aged 65 and older of specified persons also were invited to participate, as were other household members aged 70 years and older.

Data Source:

personal interviews, self-enumerated questionnaires, and clinical and home-based assessments

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.


Original ICPSR Release:   2003-07-25

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB3679.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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