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Late-Life Depressive Symptoms, Religiousness, and Mood in the Last Week of Life

Table 1

Characteristics of deceased sample members of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA) between 1995 and 1998.

RangeMean(SD)%

Sex (% female)27038.1
Age of death27059–9180.4(7.5)
Time interval: last respondent interview–death (days)2698–1321589(330)
Time interval: death proxy interview (days)270131–1479789(316)

Last respondent interview

Marital state (% married)26347.1
Education (years)2635–188.6(3.4)
Number of major chronic diseases2700–71.6(1.2)
Depressive symptoms (% ≥16) [ at T1, at T2]2670–4410.4(8.6)21.7
Religious affiliation270
 Protestant31.9
 Roman Catholic28.9
 Other 1.5
 Nonaffiliated(2)37.8
Church attendance in 1992 (LASA baseline interview)2701–52.7(1.8)
Orthodoxy scale2030–62.9(2.3)
Salience of religion, last interview with sample member2030–85.1(2.1)

Interview with proxy respondent

Cognitive decline according to proxy respondent (1)2381–53.8(0.8)
Serious physical symptoms in the last week of life(1)2590–52.2(1.3)
Mood in last week of life according to proxy respondent
 Depressed mood23328.2
Sense of peace—absent20423.5
Salience of religion according to proxy respondent 2680–83.5(3.1)
Expected death/aware of approaching end (both “yes”, %)27053.0

(1)High scores indicate more problems.
(2)Among the nonaffiliated: one or both parent(s) affiliated 61%  and both parents nonaffiliated 39%  (9 had missing value).

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