. How does the most significant predictor contribute to longevity?

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In 1921, a Stanford University psychologist, Dr. Lewis Terman conducted a longevity study to gain a better understanding of health and longevity. The findings were compiled in a book, The Longevity Project, by Harold S. Friedman, Ph.D. and Leslie R. Martin, Ph.D.  The study measured personality, careers, habits, stress, health and longevity from the age of 11 of the subjects to their death.

Research the Terman Longevity Study and respond to the following:

1. Summarize the findings and include the most significant predictor of long health.

2. How does the most significant predictor contribute to longevity?

3. What most surprised you about the results?

4) What myths were dispelled by the study?

5. What firmly held beliefs of yours regarding longevity were dispelled by the results of the study?


In 2016, we are in a unique position to determine whether the Japanese “Gold Plan” succeeded, and to what extent it was, in fact implemented. Research the Gold Plan and summarize your findings. After you have garnered the factual data, analyze the results in terms of the reasons why the plan may or may not have succeeded. (Please do not research “The Gold Plan” of the U.S., an insurance option”. You will find some information about the Japanese Gold Plan from this week’s resources.)