Data of eight completed waves of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS) is currently available. In each of the first three waves (1996, 2002 and 2008) and in wave 5 (2014) 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 subsequent panel interviews were conducted in 2011 (P 2011), 2014 (B/P 2014), 2017 (P 2017), 2020 (P 2020) and 2020/21 (P 2020/21).

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), in 2017 only panel participants have been re-interviewed (P 2017), likewise in 2020 and 2020/21 (P 2020, P 2020/21).

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



Survey year 2020/21P 2020/21
Survey year 2020P 2020
Survey year 2017P 2017
Survey year 2014

B 2014
P 2014

Survey year 2011P 2011
Survey year 2008B 2008
P 2008
Job demands
Survey year 2002B 2002
P 2002
A 2002
Job demands
Survey year 1996B 1996
Participation historyDEAS Meta
Data accessAccess to DEAS data