Dr. David J. Demko, Professor of Gerontology and Research Methodology
PhD (University of Michigan), certifications in Aging (U-M), Geriatric Assessment (U-SF), and Retirement Planning (AARP)
|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, and frequently consults the Fortune 500 on product-branding for the boomer generation.|
Take the - ORIGINAL DEATH CALCULATOR - longevity quiz
Begin with age 79 years, the average global life-expectancy based on ten advanced societies.
01. Where is your ancestral home? (if not given, enter a score of 0). US = minus 2. Austria-UK = minus 1. Canada-France-Italy = 0. Australia-Singapore-Sweden = plus 2. Japan = plus 3.
FACT: Life expectancy varies by nation due to genetic and cultural differences.
02. What is your gender ? Female = plus 1. Male = minus 2.
FACT: Life expectancy favors the female gender regardless of culture.
03. Do you have an annual physical exam? Yes = plus 3. No = minus 3.
FACT: Many diseases (cancers, hypertension) in later life are asymptomatic, go unnoticed and untreated.
04. Do you have parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents who lived to 85-plus? Add 2 for each 85-plus relative.
FACT: Research demonstrates that long-lived parents tend to produce long-living children.
05. Do you volunteer on a weekly basis? Yes = plus 2.
FACT: Studies confirm that volunteering focuses attention away from ourselves and onto others.
06. Do you live alone? Yes = minus 3. No = 0.
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? Yes = plus 1. No = minus 3.
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? Yes = plus 1. No = minus 2.
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? Yes = plus 4. No = 0.
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? Yes = plus 2. No = 0.
FACT: Exercising at one’s target heart rate strengthens the heart and boosts metabolism.
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 take positive action. Long life isn't the result of smart genes and dumb luck. In fact, 80% of longevity is based on lifestyle, not genes. Living to be 100 depends on five factors: genetic inheritance (good genes give you a good head start), outlook (meaningful lives last longer), diet (you are what you eat), aerobic exercise (a fine-tuned engine wears better), and mental fitness (use it or lose it).
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Dr. Demko first developed the "Death Calculator" in 1974 just prior to receiving an U.S. Administration on Aging scholarship for advanced studies in aging at the University of Michigan's Institute of Gerontology.
In 1978, the calculator and my body of work in aging were awarded by the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) Distinguished Service Award.
Since graduating from the University of Michigan doctoral program in 1980, I've continued to research, update, and refine the Death Calculator and its concepts before professional groups including the National Council for the Aging, American Society on Aging, and three Presidential White House Conferences.
The "Death Calculator" is a wake-up call, pointing out potential risks to wellness status, and motivating the pursuit of a healthy, active lifestyle under the supervision of your doctor. Wellness is not a solo sport. Work in concert with a licensed, board certified professional in your area of concern.
Remember, common sense dictates that you seek the advice of qualified 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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