Life Expectancy Calculator – Dr. Thomas Perls, Boston University

This calculator asks you 40 quick questions related to your health and family history, and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Students can first take this quiz using data for themselves. They can then put in alternative answers to explore the effect of lifestyle and other variables on life expectancy.

As an assignment students can give this quiz to their parents, grandparents, other older relatives, friends, etc.

Some questions to stimulate discussion:

What behaviors or life conditions had the greatest effect on life expectancy? Can a person change these behaviors or conditions? Of the behaviors and conditions that a person can change, why don’t people make these changes? What would motivate people to make changes to extend their life expectancy?

Click here to go to Dr. Thomas Perls’ Life Expectancy Calculator. 

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