A friend posted a picture of her grandmother celebrating her 103rd birthday this week – that’s some milestone! Since my birthday is also in April, I got to thinking about the odds of reaching three digits.
I found this interesting online calculator that gives you an estimate of your likelihood to reach the century mark: livingto100.org. The doctor who hosts it – Doctor Thomas Perls from Boston University – has tried to put together a questionnaire of all of the key inputs like health history, genetics, nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle factors. (It’s free, but does require you input a email address, although you can opt out of mailings)
I can’t tell you if it is accurate, but it does seem to be very complete in analyzing relevant inputs. My result was that I would live to roughly age 88. That seemed to be a pretty good result. My Dad just turned 89 in February. It’s also 6 years longer than what Social Security has for me, based only on my sex & age.
Give it a test. Let me know what you think of the calculator. Was the output what you expected?
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