The DEAS is a nationwide representative cross-sectional and longitudinal survey of the German population aged 40 and older. It is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). The comprehensive examination of people in mid- and older adulthood provides micro data for use both in social and behavioural scientific research and in reporting on social developments. The data thus provides a source of information for decision-makers, the general public and for scientific research. The first DEAS survey wave took place in 1996, further waves followed in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2017. The collection of data is conducted by infas - Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaft GmbH (infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences).

Particular issues addressed in the surveys included an assessment of occupational status or living conditions after retirement, social participation and leisure activities, information on their economic and housing situation, family ties and other social contacts, as well as issues regarding health, well-being and life-goals.

Data of all waves is available for the scientific community. For further information to the use of DEAS data, please visit the pages of our Research Data Centre (FDZ-DZA).

The book "Frauen und Männer in der zweiten Lebenshälfte. Älterwerden im sozialen Wandel" (Women and Men in the Second Half of Life. Ageing in Social Change) is available at Springer VS both open access and as a printed soft cover (in German only).

A short version of the findings is available on the website of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (in German only).


The following scientific staff from the DZA is involved in the survey: