Life in Old Age

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Gruner + Jahr, Marktforschung, Hamburg
Publication Date
  • Census, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Elderly
  • Abstract

    The psycho-social situation as well as communication and consumer habits of older people in the Federal Republic. Topics: information on course of the day; media usage and topics of editorial interests; travel activities; travel duration; destinations and motives for travel; organization of the trip and means of transport used; attitudes and conduct as consumer; acquisition plans for the residence; frequency of use of cosmetics and medications; attitude to use of nutrition and semi-luxury foods, tobacco and alcohol; shopping habits; generally preferred businesses; residential environment and housing situation; satisfaction with housing; local residency; social surroundings; presence and vicinity of reference persons; frequency of contacts with various reference persons and general integration; satisfaction with public services; criticism and demands of government and authorities; memberships and activities in clubs; frequently exercised activities; interest in various sports and types of games; attitude to facilities for adult education; self-assessment of personality traits; contentment with life and disengagement (scale); orientation in the future and wishes for the future; satisfaction with health; structure of household income and assets; cost of living and structure of expenditures; rent costs; savings habits and forms of investment. Demography: sex; marital status; religious denomination; school education; household size; housing situation; local residency; memberships. Indices: social integration; consumer behavior; life feeling. Interviewer rating: disabilities of respondent; residential area; housing situation; type of home for the aged.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1976-10 / 1976-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons in private households and nursing homes at the age of 55 years or older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1972
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1068 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • STERN (Hrsg.): Das Leben im Alter: Kommunikations- und Konsumverhalten. Hamburg: Gruner und Jahr 1977.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22