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Life is Short, but you can Stretch it by testing your Longevity IQ
Welcome to the Original Longevity Death Calculator

Author, Dr. David J. Demko, Professor of Gerontology and Research Methodology
PhD (University of Michigan), certifications in Aging (UM), Geriatric Assessment (USF), and Retirement Planning Leadership (AARP)


Take this 55-item Quiz
get immediate results


01. What is your gender ?

FACT: Life expectancy favors the female gender regardless of culture.


02. Where is your ancestral home?

FACT: Life expectancy varies by nation due to genetic and cultural differences.


03. Do you have an annual physical exam?

FACT: Many diseases (cancers, hypertension) in later life are asymptomatic, go unnoticed and untreated.


04. Enter the number of parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents who lived to 85-plus.

    

FACT: Research demonstrates that long-lived parents tend to produce long-living children.


05. Do you volunteer on a weekly basis?

FACT: Studies confirm that volunteering focuses attention away from ourselves and onto others.


06. Do you live alone?

FACT: Adults who live alone tend to be less well-nourished, more isolated, and less nurtured.


07. Are you able to laugh at and learn from your mistakes?

FACT: Laughter, humility, and a positive outlooks are linked to increased life expectancy.


08.Do you have a confidant who listens to your most intimate concerns?

FACT: Confidants offer emotional catharsis and a sense of personal worth to those in crisis.


09. Do you engage in daily mental exercises such as puzzles, games, learning or problem-solving?

FACT: Individuals that continually challenge their minds suffer fewer cognitive disorders.


10. Do you engage in some form of daily aerobic exercise such as swimming, jogging or biking?

FACT: Exercising at one’s target heart rate strengthens the heart and boosts metabolism.


11. Do you eat a balanced diet, including fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains?

FACT: Balanced dieters experience lower risk of both genetic and culturally related diseases.


12. Do you smoke a pack of cigarettes daily?

FACT: Smoking causes nearly half a million cancer and lung disease deaths every year.


13. Do you live with, work with, or spend time with people who smoke?

FACT: Although close association with smokers is thought to reduce a person’s life expectancy by one year, recent research suggests this association may reduce life expectancy by two years.


14. Does your body weight “yo-yo” as you go on and off diet fads?

FACT: Unorthodox dietary regimens stress the heart and immune system, increasing the risk of disease.


15. Do you own a pet?

FACT: Peer-reviewed scientific journals substantially support longevity benefits of pet companionship. (Note: Avoid exotic pets, such as parrots, monkeys, reptiles, or rodents. These animals have been known to carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans.


16. When writing, which hand do you use?

FACT: Life is stressful for lefties living in a made-for right-hand world. Lefties live in a world where most objects are designed for right-handed people. Objects such as scissors, pencil sharpeners, door openers, and can openers are rarely designed for left-handed people.


17. How tall are you?

    

FACT: Size does matter, but not in any way you may have thought. Shorter people live longer.


18. Do you belong to any religious group, and do you practice your faith?

FACT: Attending to both physical and spiritual needs lowers morbidity and mortality.


19. Do you have two or more daughters?

FACT: Daughters provide the bulk of eldercare. Even daughters-in-law provide more care than do sons.


20. Do you use stress management techniques such as meditation, quiet time or visiting a spa?

FACT: Because there is no escape from stress in our modern society, stress management is the best response.


21. How do you get to work?

FACT: Walking offers fitness benefits, as well as a sense of self-reliance and personal freedom (no gridlock!).


22. How many cosmetic surgeries did you have?

    

FACT: Cosmetic surgery reduces age phobia and age discrimination and evokes a positive response from a youth-obsessed world. Too many cosmetic surgeries (that is, more than one every 10 years), however, may actually accelerate the aging process.


23. Do you fear the uncertainties of growing old?

FACT: Fear of aging increases your risk of emotional illnesses such as self hatred, denial and depression.


24. Do you routinely use cannabis?

FACT: Scientific studies claim that frequent cannabis use increases the risk of physical and mental disorders—such as lung and heart disease and psychosis—by as much as 150 percent.


25. Are you sexually promiscuous?

FACT: Engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners greatly increases the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.


26. Are you engaged in a long-term relationship of trust and mutual respect?

FACT: A relationship of this nature fulfills emotional, social, and physical needs and lowers morbidity and mortality risks.


27. Are all your friends the same age as you?

Do you have friends of different ages?

FACT: Having friends from a younger generation counters an age-related decrease in your social network. Social isolation sets the stage for a variety of age-accelerating conditions. Those who live alone, for example, have a shorter life expectancy due to poor nutrition; the absence of companionship and someone who can intervene during periods of depression or physical illness; a decreasing need to get dressed and groomed; and safety issues (for example, the hearing impaired often misinterpret abnormal sounds, such as bathroom water pipes gurgling, as human voices whispering) and no one is present to tell them otherwise.


28. Do you keep a written list of specific life goals with time frames for completion?

FACT: Studies of performance behavior link specific goals and achievements to quality of life.


29. How many blood relatives do you have that have cardiovascular disease or cancer prior to age 50?

    


FACT: Family history demonstrates just how many cultural risks are increased by genetic predisposition. Culture (lifestyle) and genetics (inherited conditions) moderate the aging process. For example, some ethnic groups share a history of longevity, as do the children of long-lived parents.


30. How many blood relatives do you have that have history of obesity, diabetes, or chronic depression?

    

FACT: Family history demonstrates just how many cultural risks are enhanced by genetic predisposition.


31. Do you take a once-daily dose (physician-approved) of an anti-inflammatory agent?


32. Do you have an annual physical exam that includes a review of diet, over-the-counter medications, prescriptions, and dietary supplements?

FACT: Without oversight, combining prescription and over-the-counter medications with dietary supplements can be life threatening.


33. Does your dental care routine include daily brushing and flossing, plus a six-month checkup and cleaning?

FACT: A lack of preventive dental care and poor oral health habits raises the risk of infection elsewhere in the body, such as the heart.


34. Do you compute your daily caloric needs, then reduce caloric intake by 20 percent?

FACT: Research demonstrates a strong relationship between reduced caloric intake and longevity. If you answered “No” to this question, read the chapter, Thoughts for Food, for more information about computing your daily caloric needs and the benefits of reducing your caloric intake by 20 percent.


35. Do you have one daily serving of red wine (7 oz), purple grape juice (7 oz), or RDA grape-seed extract?

FACT: The agent in purple grapes enhances cardiovascular health by flushing cholesterol from the arteries.


36. Do you have one daily serving of oatmeal or oatbran (one -half cup, or one 70- gram granola bar)?

FACT: The fiber in oatmeal enhances cardiovascular health by flushing cholestoral from the arteries.


37. Are you involved in supervised strength training 3 times per week?

FACT: Muscular strength, flexibility, and coordination are essential to daily living and reduce the likelihood of tripping and falling.


38. Do you have a daily exercise routine that consists of at least 20 minutes of supervised cardiovascular training at your target heart rate, as well as warm-up and cool-down periods?

FACT: Cardiovascular and metabolic benefits occur when exercise is performed at your target heart rate. If you answered “No” to this question, read chapter five, Full Body Contact, for more information about calculating your target heart rate and the benefits of a regular exercise routine.


39. Is your home and indoor work space adequately ventilated by frequently opening windows, or equipped with air filtration that can filter microscopic particles?

FACT: Environmental studies have documented increasing evidence of cardiopulmonary diseases generated from indoor air and materials. Common items you have and use in and around your home – such as carpets and furniture, insecticides, cleansers, and paint and varnish – can release toxins into the air. In addition, all homes absorb toxins from the outside environment through normal cracks in foundations and walls.


40. Do you eat or drink more than two daily servings of caffeinated products (coffee, tea, cola, chocolate)?

FACT: Caffeine helps headache pain, but its toxic affect elsewhere elevates the risk of cancer and heart disease.


41. Is your BMI (body mass index) 25 or greater?

FACT: A Body Mass Index of 25 or above increases the risk of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and hypertension. Clinical obesity has multiple negative and long-term effects on organs throughout the body. If you do not know how to calculate your Body Mass Index, read chapter five, Full Body Contact, for more information.


42. Is the average time you take to consume your meals more than 30 minutes?

FACT: Your brain requires 30 minutes to measure fullness, by which time you're often on a second or third helping.


43. Do you eat, drink, or use a cell phone while driving your vehicle?

FACT: These distracting behaviors elevate your risk of frightening close calls and outright accidents.


44. Humans require 8 hours of sleep each 24 hour day. How many hours do you sleep everyday?




FACT: Peer-reviewed research documents that sleep deprivation and excess sleep nearly double the risk of premature death.


45. Within a 24-hour day, how many hours do you sleep?

FACT: On average, most people need between 6 and 8 hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation is associated with poor concentration, more frequent accidents, and substandard effort.


46. Can you list symptoms associated with colon cancer?

FACT: It is not necessary for this cancer to be so dangerous to your health. Get a checkup, now.


47. Can you list symptoms of adult-onset diabetes?

FACT: Genetics, lifestyle, dietary habits, or a combination of the three are all risk factors.


48. Women only: Can you list breast cancer symptoms?

FACT: Preventive measures such as breast self-examination and mammography remain under-utilized.


49. Can you list high blood pressure symptoms?

FACT: There are no symptoms associated with high blood pressure; therefore, you should have your blood pressure checked regularly.


50. Women only: Have you had a bone density test as a preventive step against osteoporosis?

FACT: Osteoporosis is more prevalent in women and increases the risk of back and hip fractures. Start monitoring early. As a preventive health measure, women should monitor their calcium needs as early as age 23 and their bone density as early as age 30.


51. Men only: Can you list prostate cancer symptoms?

FACT: After age 50, your doctor should monitor prostate health by reliable digital or PSA testing.


52. Men only: Can you list testicular cancer symptoms?

FACT: Avoid clothing fabric or styles that elevate testicle temperature. Monitor on a regular basis by inspecting the soft tissue of the testicles for lumps and painful areas; if found, see your doctor for a professional examination.


53. Women only: Can you list ovarian cancer symptoms?

FACT: Early risks exist but increase after menopause, and in association with advancing age.


54. Can you list heart attack symptoms?

FACT: Learn the symptoms and immediate interventions. Learn Cardiopulmonary Resusciation (CPR) for protecting loved ones.


55. How would you rate your sex life?

FACT: Overstimulation by advertising, entertainment, and fashion results in a genuine need for a positive sexual outlet. The many ways in which the body benefits from a satisfying sex life are well documented at the National Institutes on Aging Web site located at www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sexualhealthissues.





Your Longevity Score
increases or decreases based on
your answers to the questions


Your score is an estimate of how long you can expect to live. A score less than 79 years is a "wake-up call" alerting you to health risks and motivating you to pursuit a wellness lifestyle under the supervision of your professional health provider. 80% of Boomer longevity is determined by nine variables called ZOOMER lifestyle traits.

The "Original Death Calculator" has appeared in print and broadcast media worldwide in seven languages, and is continually updated based on scientific, peer-reviewed research. Dr. David Demko, the calculator's creator has achieved international acclaim as the leading expert on celebrity life-expectancy, as seen on NBC Today, Fox News, Sony TV, Clear Channel Cable, CBS, BBC, NPR, PBS, Glamour, Forbes, Reader's Digest.
Read MoreAlso see: Mick Jagger: life-expectancy calculation
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The Original Death Calculator was created by Dr. David James Demko in 1974, then refined with the support of a U.S. Administration on Aging scholarship for advanced studies in aging at the Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan (1975-1982).

Start your ZOOMER lifestyle by seeking the advice of the following licensed professionals:
... a board certified geriatric physician ... for health concerns,
... a licensed registered dietitian ... for food and nutrition concerns,
... a licensed certified fitness professional ... for questions about exercise,
... a licensed certified geriatric social worker ... for eldercare concerns.
The U.S. Government web site "www.seniors.gov" lists links to these resources.


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Dr. David J. Demko, gerontologist
E-mail: demko@demko.com, Voice-mail: 561-866-8251