Individual Study / LUCAS

The Longitudinal Urban Cohort Ageing Study

The Longitudinal Urban Cohort Ageing Study

Initiatives -
Aims were: 1. To describe individual ageing trajectories in a metropolitan setting, documenting changes in functional status, the onset of frailty, disability and need of care; 2. To find determinants of healthy ageing; 3. To assess long-term effects of specific health promotion interventions; 4. To produce results for health care planning for fit, pre-frail, frail and disabled elderly persons; 5. To set up a framework for embedded studies to investigate various hypotheses in specific subgroups of elderly.
Start Year
The PRO-AGE project was supported by grants of the European Union (QLK6-CT-1999-02205). The intervention programme in Hamburg was supported by the Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend, the Max und Ingeburg Herz Stiftung (group sessions) and by the Robert Bosch Stiftung (preventive home visits). The re-recruitment of the longitudinal cohort (LUCAS – Longitudinal Urban Cohort Ageing Study) was supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Berlin (BMBF 01ET0708).


Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Ulrike Dapp
    Albertinen-Haus -Geriatrics Center


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Baseline was in 2000, follow-up data from: 2007/2008 (wave 2) , 2009/2010 (wave 3) , 2011/2012(wave 4) and 2013/2014 (wave 5) . Between 2007 and 2014, other subprojects of the LUCAS research network worked with subgroups of this cohort in the long term for specific target groups, for example, in-depth interviews, evaluations, performance tests, interventions.

Marker Paper

Dapp U, Anders J, von Renteln-Kruse W, Golgert S, Meier-Baumgartner HP, Minder CE. The Longitudinal Urban Cohort Ageing Study (LUCAS): study protocol and participation in the first decade. BMC Geriatr. 2012 Jul 9;12:35. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-12-35.

PUBMED 22776679


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Aged 60 years and older.


Availability of data and biosamples