Table 1: Sociodemographic and psychometric data of 100 interviewed elderly.


Age (mean ± SD)84 ± 7
Gender (%)
Family status (%)
Access to family (%)88
Education level (%)*
 (Junior) high school45
Denomination (%)
Self-perceived religiosity (%)
 Not religious56
Type of institution (%)
 Residential home73
 Assisted accommodation20
 Residential nursing home7
Self-care abilities (%)
 Largely independent27
 Only with help45
Religious trust (SpREUK; mean ± SD; range 0–100)38 ± 29
Daily life affections (VAS; mean ± SD; range 0–100)44 ± 27
Life satisfaction (BMLSS; mean ± SD; range 0–100)68 ± 13
Life satisfaction (FSQM; mean ± SD; range 1–6)4.2 ± 0.9

Results are means ± standard deviation (SD) or percentage of the respective sociodemographic or psychometric variables. Categorization of education level has to be interpreted with caution because it refers to the conditions of the time period from 1920 to 1950 with limited access to higher education. BMLSS: Brief Multidimensional Life Satisfaction Scale; FLQM: “quality of life in elders with multimorbidity” questionnaire; SpREUK: “Spiritual and Religious Attitudes in Dealing with Illness” questionnaire; VAS: visual analogue scale.