Data of five completed waves of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS) is currently available. In each of the first three waves and in wave 5 a representative random sample from the German population aged between 40 and 85 years and living in private households (B-sample) was drawn. In the following waves, changes and trends of these samples were tracked (P-sample), except for sample A 2002.

The first survey started in 1996 (B 1996). In 2002, participants of the first wave were interviewed again (P 2002) and two new cross-sectional samples of people between 40 and 85 years old were drawn (B 2002, A 2002). The third wave was conducted in 2008 and contains information about the panel participants (P 2008) and an additional cross-sectional sample (B 2008).
After the third wave, the time period between the panel interviews has been reduced to three years. Hence, the next panel interviews were conducted in 2011 (P 2011).

In 2014 a further base sample of 40-85 year-olds was interviewed (B 2014) as well as panel participants from earlier waves (P 2014).

Please follow the links in the table below for more information about the specific waves, available data and data access:

Survey year 2014B 2014
P 2014
Regional Context information
Neighbourhood Context Information
Survey year 2011:

Regional Context information

Survey year2008:

B 2008
P 2008
Regional Context Information
Neighbourhood Context Information
Job demand

Survey year2002:B 2002 
P 2002 
A 2002 
Regional Context Information 
Job demands 

Survey year1996:

B 1996 
Regional Context Information   
History of participation
and data on continuation:
DEAS Meta 
Access to data:Access to DEAS data