What’s the secret to living to be 100? This town knows

You might recall the Italian hamlet of Acciaroli. Earlier this year Starts at 60 wrote about how at least one

You might recall the Italian hamlet of Acciaroli. Earlier this year Starts at 60 wrote about how at least one in 10 of the village’s residents are living to at least 100 years of age and revealed the secret to their longevity could be found easily.

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The Italian village is making headlines again because it turns out it wasn’t just ‘only eating healthy stuff’ was keeping the residents young.

Scientists recently spent six months researching why this village south of Naples has what is thought to be the largest number of residents reaching 100 years of age.

While there has been much commentary on their healthy diet, it appears the elderly living in the village also enjoy a rampant sex life.

Antonio Vassalo, who is one of the 81 centenarians living in Acciaroli, and his wife Amina, who still has lots of life to live at the youthful age of 93 swear by the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet based on olive oil, vegetables, fish and fresh fruit.

“We only eat healthy stuff,” he tells the Daily Mail.

It helps that the pair has their own rabbits and chickens and that locally, Acciaroli produces large quantities of olive oil and that wonderful herb, rosemary.

Sapienza University has found that locals seem to be largely immune from heart disease, dementia and other conditions associated with ageing that the rest of the Western world battles with.

Does a long life appeal to you or do you prefer a good life? Do you balance your diet with regular physical activity?

  1. Frank  

    my readings of these long life villages attributes much of it to tight social networks where old people always have someone to talk to and family always gather around to look after each other

    sure health food and fresh air and low stress/pollution natural environment plus hard work – but I’m reading a lot of it is social networks and a reason to keep living because you want to see old Mabel tomorrow again

  2. Irene  

    I think I’d agree. It is more than just what is eaten, it’s the way it is prepared, grown etc and the entire cultural experience. Things like freshness and less haste and the joy of living albeit simply. Things like respect for the elderly and the extended family etc. Things like a connection to the community are important factors as well.

    • Fran Coyle  

      You have hit the nail on the head , well said….

  3. Carol  

    We’ve spent the last five years sailing around the Med and I’m convinced that social connection is at least as important as food. You always see old blokes sitting around talking politics, playing cards or dominoes, or out walking with friends and family in the evening. Older men in our culture are especially vulnerable to social isolation.

  4. Kristin  

    Rosemary is NOT good for you if you have high blood pressure though. Thyme is better for high BP

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