10 September 2008

Longevity: Making Boomer Women's Worry More Concrete

In a previous blog I addressed the worry of a growing number of women boomers: longevity. Just to drive the point home (and explain my calendar above for 30 years from now), I'll share this online source for making your worry more concrete: Life Calculator at http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality/second_version.html

The statisticians behind this calculator took a number of variables into account, including left- and right-handed-ness, appreciated by all us left-handers who are aware that statistically speaking we die earlier than right-handers. I recall learning of this handed-ness research as a young woman and feeling aghast that I would be shorted years of life. Over the years, the aghast-ness has dissipated, partly because I know the statistic may merely reflect a cohort effect (stats from the olden days being compared to modern times and essentially a different population) and partly because I figure I'll be ready to go a few years early.

To take a shorter questionnaire (with nearly the same result), just back up the URL to http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality and to learn more about the academic responsible for this work, keep backing up the URL to http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu.

© 2008 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as professional, legal, financial, or medical advice. Or education advice. Or marital advice. Or even a tip.

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