So...how can you know what to do, or stop doing, to have not just a longer, but also a better life?
To find out, take THE LIFE-STRETCHER QUIZ* below, created by friend of the show Dr. David J. Demko, gerontologist and creator of the copyrighted term ZOOMER - Boomers with Zip! - along with its multiple associated media formats.
I get annual exams that monitor my inherited health risks.
Every 24-hour day, I get 7-8 hours of restful sleep.
I provide weekly volunteer service to people in need.
I am in a long-term relationship of trust and mutual respect.
I incorporate at least 1 mile of walking into my daily routine.
My daily diet includes fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains.
I live with, work with, or have friends who smoke.
I own and provide for the daily care of a pet dog or cat.
I am a spiritual person, and I regularly practice my faith.
I use stress management (such as yoga, meditate, hobby, sauna).
I consume most of my daily meals in less than 30 minutes.
My sense of humor and perspective help me laugh at mistakes.
YOUR TOTAL SCORE is an estimate of life-expectancy.