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What Will Last Longer: You or Your Savings?
Date:3/16/2009

Northwestern Mutual's Lifespan Calculator Triggers Long-term Thinking

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MILWAUKEE, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Ever wondered how long you'll live? The reality is it may be longer than you think. The answer to your question can be found by going to Northwestern Mutual's new Lifespan Calculator at http://www.lifespancalc.com. This calculator highlights the importance of simple lifestyle choices on overall life expectancy.

"If people can estimate how long they're going to live, they can take control of their financial future sooner rather than later and think about ways to make their life savings last," said Meridee Maynard, Northwestern Mutual senior vice president. "Living a longer life is wonderful on many levels, but it's important for people to take a holistic look at lifestyle, health and financial challenges."

It's clear that Americans are living longer. In 2008, for the first time in U.S. history, American life expectancy surpassed 78 years(i). The U.S. Census Bureau projects life expectancy will exceed 79 years by the year 2015(ii). And new mortality tables show that some Americans could live until the age of 121(iii).

"After more than 150 years in business, Northwestern Mutual understands the importance of helping people achieve financial security throughout their life," said Maynard. "With careful planning today, people can achieve greater security and confidence over the long term."

The Lifespan Calculator considers 13 lifestyle factors including diet, drinking, smoking and stress to estimate life expectancy, using the latest information from the National Center for Health Statistics.


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