Neurgarten et al developed two indices for measuring life satisfaction in older persons. These can help identify both those who are successfully aging and those who may be facing difficulties due to illness, loneliness or other factors. The study population was from Kansas City and the authors were associated with the University of Chicago.


The instrument consists of 12 questions that may be scored from 0 to 1 or from 0 to 2.


life satisfaction index =

= SUM(points for all 12 questions)



• minimum score: 0

• maximum score: 23

• The higher the score, the greater the expressed life satisfaction.


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