Table 5: Differences in perceptions of the aging experience between the young old (age 70–79) and the very old (age 90–104), HRS 2008.

NStrongly agreeSomewhat/ slightly agreeSomewhat/ slightly disagreeStrongly disagree

Things get worse as I get older
 Age 70–792,0549.349.324.716.6.019
 Age 90–10413512.156.621.49.9
I have as much pep as last year
 Age 70–792,06116.239.134.99.7<.000
 Age 90–10413710.729.440.819.2
The older I get the more useless I feel
 Age 70–792,0505.925.829.938.4<.000
 Age 90–10413418.534.528.118.9
I am as happy now as I was when I was younger
 Age 70–792,06224.836.926.012.3<.000
 Age 90–10413510.234.238.417.2
As I get older things are better than I thought they would be
 Age 70–792,05722.248.322.47.2n.s.
 Age 90–10413519.444.223.113.4
I am satisfied with the way I am aging
 Age 70–792,06831.249.413.75.8n.s.
 Age 90–10413738.245.011.25.6
The older I get, the more I have had to stop doing things that I liked
 Age 70–792,06917.249.021.712.2<.000
 Age 90–10413540.447.49.13.1
Getting older has brought with it many things that I do not like
 Age 70–792,06917.352.419.910.5<.000
 Age 90–10413631.254.77.96.2

Aging experience scaleMean (s.d.)
 Age 70–792,0733.81 (1.25)<.000
 Age 90–1041373.30 (0.94)

Note: Figures shown are weighted sample sizes and percentages and weighted scale means with standard deviation in parentheses. values denoting statistical significance of age differences were obtained using Wald chi square tests for the items and tests from bivariate OLS regression for the scale mean.
Perceptions of the aging experience were measured in 2008 only.