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1.Survey

  2007 Taiwan Longitudinal Study on Aging (TLSA) -the 6th wave of survey

2.Background

  In response to the potential impacts on the economic, medical, family and social aspects of population aging, one of the former institutes of the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Institute of Family Planning, had started to plan studies on elderly since 1987. The baseline survey of Taiwan Longitudinal Study on Aging was conducted in 1989 on a national representation sample of adult residents in non-aboriginal townships, aged 60 and above in Taiwan. The respondents were followed every three to four years. Two fresh samples were selected in 1996 and 2003 to maintain representativeness of the younger age cohort and to extend representation of the sample to the population aged 50 and above. The sixth wave follow-up survey of the study was completed in 2007.

3.Specific aim

1. To understand the health status of people aged 54 and above in Taiwan, including physical function, disability, illness, mental health, health behavior, health and preventative care utilization.

2. To understand the social status of people aged 54 and above in Taiwan, including family structure, living arrangements, social support, leisure activity, socioeconomic status, life attitudes, occupation and retirement, and awareness and utilization of elder welfare provided by the government.

3. To compare the differences of health and social status among subgroups of people aged 54 and above in Taiwan.4. Based on the survey results of TLSA, evaluate the future needs of medical care and living support of elders served as references for policy intervention.

4.Planning and implementation units

  The survey was conducted by the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare (HPA). The Population and Health Research Center (PHRC) of the HPA was responsible for the survey design, fieldwork planning, fieldwork operation and supervision of the survey and subsequent data processing, analysis and reports writing. Administrative support was provided by local health bureaus, police offices, household registration offices and local administrative offices during the fieldwork. 

 

5.Sampling and survey method

  Data was collected with face-to-face interview questionnaires. Household registration data of residents aged 60 and above in non-aboriginal townships in 1988 were used as sampling frame for this study. A three-stage systematic random sampling method was used for the selection of an equal probability sample.

  Two fresh samples were selected in 1996 and 2003 to maintain representativeness of the younger age cohort and to extend representation of the sample to the population aged 50 and above in Taiwan. The fieldwork was conducted during April to September 2010.
 

6.Content of the survey

  A survey questionnaire was designed, basing on content of the previous waves of survey questionnaires, aging related surveys conducted in the United States and Japan. Contents of this survey questionnaire were as follow:
1. Background information: education, ethnicity, and marital status of the respondent and his/her spouse.
2. Household structure, relatives and social contacts: family members, interactions with children not living at home,  relatives, and friends.
3. Health status, health care utilization and health behavior: self-rating health, physical functioning, illness, activity of daily living, disability, use of physical aids, depression, cognitive function, life satisfaction, health knowledge, health behavior, utilization of health care and long-term care. 
4. Social support and exchange: provision or acceptance of support from family members.
5. Work history: working status of the respondent and his/her spouse, retirement planning.
6. Leisure, activities and attitudes: frequently engaged leisure activities, social participation and religious beliefs.
7. Economic status: personal and family economic status, sources of income and assets.

7.Response rate

  By the end of fieldwork, a total of 4,534 respondents were interviewed, with a response rate of 90.66%

8.Data analysis

  The survey data have been analyzed and disseminated through survey reports, press conferences, new releases and web-based data query systems.

9.Relevant Information and Reference

  To know more about the survey, please visit the TLSA website of the HPA or refer to related publications.
As for the data application, please visit the website of Data Release of the HPA.

 

10.Questionnaires

 2007 Taiwan Longitudinal Study on Aging (Wave 6) PDF檔下載PDF

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