Happy older people representing HAGIS

Healthy Ageing in Scotland


Healthy Ageing in Scotland (HAGIS) is a study of people aged 50+ in Scotland. It collects data on their health, economic and social circumstances. It uses this information to help researchers understand the lives of Scotland’s older people. This understanding will help improve the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s older people.

HAGIS is the first comprehensive Scottish study to follow older people over time - the intention is to re-interview members of the study at intervals of two years. HAGIS is part of the Health & Retirement study family of longitudinal ageing studies. Together, these studies cover more than half the world’s population aged 50+. By bringing them together, it is possible to compare the lives of older Scots with those of older people across Europe, or in the USA or China. Comparisons with other countries provide many opportunities to learn from their policies and practices.

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Professor David Bell The 1998 Royal Commission on Long-Term Care recommended that the government should meet the costs of personal care in the UK. It argued that since cancer care is available free through the NHS, the same should apply to Alzheimer’s disease. So is the Scottish system of FPC a worthy policy aspiration for the rest of the UK? Let’s look at how it works.
Hagis artwork thumbnails First published (protocol) paper from HAGIS, published in the British Medical Journal Open.
HAGIS logo for news stories Findings from the HAGIS pilot have highlighted that there are significant differences in bowel screening participation rates between single men and men who live with a partner.