Table 4: Differences in life satisfaction between the old (age 70–79) and the oldest-old (age 90–104), HRS 2006/2008.

NStrongly agreeSomewhat/ slightly agreeSomewhat/ slightly disagreeStrongly disagree

Life is close to ideal
 Age 70–793,78020.955.417.06.7.063
 Age 90–10424016.856.020.66.6
Conditions of life are excellent
 Age 70–793,86620.952.519.37.3n.s.
 Age 90–10424320.452.619.67.4
Satisfied with life
 Age 70–793,97436.347.411.74.6n.s.
 Age 90–10425334.647.313.05.2
Gotten important things in life
 Age 70–793,96733.152.510.93.6n.s.
 Age 90–10426035.551.09.44.2
Would not change life
 Age 70–793,92619.546.322.511.6n.s.
 Age 90–10425125.942.421.410.3

Life satisfaction scaleMean (s.d.)
 Age 70–794,0954.40 (1.45)n.s.
 Age 90–1042694.39 (1.27)

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.