Many Baby Boomers are literally built to last 100 years. In fact, the CDC estimates at least one million boomers to achieve that goal.

Will you become a member of this one-in-a-million longevity club?
Could be. Afterall, living a long time takes more than smart-genes and dumb-luck.

Eighty percent of the factors that determine how long and how well you will live are the result of lifestyle, not the aging process.

In 1998, I reported on an emerging demographic within the Boomer Generation. I called this demographic Zoomers because they promised to “create a bright new horizon chock-full of possibilities for re-inventing retirement and re-defining what it means to be a mature adult in the new millenium.”

It's a decade later (1998-2008) and now we know the proverbial Fountain of Youth is not a place, but a personality type. Zoomers have succeeded in distinguishing themselves from the rest of the Boomer generation. Who are they, and how do they do it?

Are you a BOOMER or are you a ZOOMER?

BOOMER status is assigned at birth. You are a Boomer if your birthday falls between 1946 and 1964. No other qualifications necessary.

ZOOMER status is a different matter all together. You must earn the distinction by acquiring special traits designed to improve your prospects for successful aging and retirement.
See how you measure up.

My operational defintion of a ZOOMER is someone who:
1. knows the difference between primary (inevitable) and secondary (reversible) aging.
2. performs dail exercise (aerobics for endurance, anaerobics for strength, and neurobics for
brain power).
3. calculates daily nutritional and caloric needs based on age, gender, and weight.
4. orchestrates a social support system of companions, close friends, and a confidante.
5. enjoys a positive self-concept, and a passion for living life to the fullest.
6. achieves the resources necessary to live an adventurous life thanks to sound retirement

Longevity research demonstrates, time and again, that the acquisition of these traits significantly enhance the likelihood of achieving 100 years of age.

Get to work on a self-growth program designed to acquire the Zoomer longevity traits. Like I said, living a long time takes more than smart genes and dumb luck.

David Demko is a professor of gerontology and journalist. He is a doctoral graduate of the University of Michigan, and holds certifications in aging, geriatrics, and retirement planning.
David is internationally known for his articles estimating the life-expectancies of rock stars and celebrities using his Original Death Calculator (

Author's Bio: 

David is a professor of gerontology and editor-in-chief of AgeVenture News Service.
A doctoral graduate of the University of Michigan, he holds certifications in aging, geriatrics, and retirement planning.
Professional memberships include: National Press Club, Editor&Publisher Syndicate, Gerontological Society of America, and American Sociological Society.
Author of four books on the Boomer generation, he created the term ZOOMERS in 1998, branding a new demographic for the senior market.
David's print work has appeared in Glamour, Forbes, New York Times, Readers Digest, Marie Claire, Blender, and Maxim. His work has been seen on NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, BBC, Clear Channel Cable, Fox&Friends, The Today Show, and talk radio stations throughout North America and Europe.