Bringing the Text to Life
Are you dying to know when you’ll die?
Okay, maybe not, but there’s at least one person who thinks it’s possible to determine death dates with reasonable accuracy. Dr. David Demko is a well-known gerontologist in Boca Raton, Florida, who for the last 30 years has been doing research on the lifestyle patterns that either enhance or diminish life expectancy.
In 1974, while in graduate school in Michigan, he developed the death calculator and shortly later received the support of the United States Administration on Aging. Since that time it has been used all over the world as a predictor of life expectancy, based upon certain lifestyle behavior patterns.
The death calculator itself is actually a simple quiz that includes questions like the following:
“Do you have an annual physical exam?” If so, add three years to your score. If not, subtract three years from your score.
“Do you volunteer on a weekly basis?” If so, add two years to your score. If...