Elderly module

The Elderly module includes indicators on the quality of life of people aged 65+ (but extended in specific cases to 55+).

The time coverage of the Child module is 2004-2015, but most of the indicators run only till 2013 or 2014.

The country coverage of the Elderly module is EU-28.

According to the general conceptual frame of the IPOLIS, the Elderly module covers the following domains: Material living conditions, Labour market and work-life balance, Education and training, Health and risk behaviour, Social connectedness and civic participation, Local environment and physical safety.

Indicator averages, breakdowns and benchmarks are provided.

Breakdowns cover sex, age, household type, household work intensity, poverty status - depending on the specific indicator and on the availability of information in the data used to produce this indicator.

Benchmarks include (where available): EU-28, EU-27, EU-15, EU-12.

Benchmarks for the overall population are also provided, where relevant.

For more details, see the IPOLIS Elderly report.

Most of the data (either survey, registers or other administrative data) that serves as sources for the Elderly module, are part of the European Statistical System, however, their status varies largely in terms of the starting year and periodicity. In addition, the Elderly module also involves surveys that are not part of the European Statistical System: e.g. ESS (European Social Survey), EQLS (European Quality of Life Survey). See more in the Data infrastructure description.

  • EU-SILC (European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions -  (>>link<<)), is an output-harmonised datasource, coordinated by Eurostat. It is based either exclusively on household level survey data or on a comination of survey, register and/or adminsitrative data. It represents the total population living in private hosueholds. It covers topics like income, poverty, social exclu­sion and living conditions, labour market, etc. Besides the core questionnaire, EU-SILC has ad-hoc modules on an annual basis.
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  • EU-LFS (European Union Labour Force Survey) is an output-harmonised datasource, coordinated by Eurostat. It is a large household sample survey providing quarterly results on labour participation of people aged 15 and over as well as on persons outside the labour force.
  • EHIS (European Health Interview Survey) is an output-harmonised datasource, coordinated by Eurostat.  It consists of four modules on health status, health care use, health determinants and socio-economic background variables. EHIS targets the population aged at least 15 and living in private households. 
  • ICT (Community survey on ICT usage in households and by individuals) is an annual survey conducted since 2002, collecting data on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), the internet, e-government and electronic skills in households and by individuals. It covers private households and adult population (16-74).

In addition, the Elderly module also involves surveys that are not part of the European Statistical System. See more in the Data infrastructure description.

  • EQLS (European Quality of Life Survey) is a cross-European survey in adult population, covering all EU Member States, coordinated by Eurofund. Carried out every four years, examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. It looks at a range of issues, such as employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work-life balance. It also looks at subjective topics, such as people's levels of happiness, how satisfied they are with their lives, and how they perceive the quality of their societies.
  • ESS (European Social Survey) is is an academically driven, biannual, cross-European survey in adult population. The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations. ESS is part of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) since 2013.

For more details (e.g. time and country coverage) on these datasources, please go to the Data infrastructure description.