ACCIAROLI (POLLICA), ITALY - 5 OCTOBER 2016: 94-years-old Giuseppe Vassallo poses for a portrait in his house in Acciaroli, a hamlet in the municipality of Pollica, Italy, on October 5th 2016. Giuseppe Vassallo was an Italian Navy official during WWII. At age 86, 8 years ago, Mr Vassallo had multiple sex affairs to overcome his depression following his wife's death. He was a testimonial of the Acciaroli's mediterranean diet and lifestyle during Expo 2015, the Universal Exposition hostel in Milan last year.
To understand how people can live longer throughout the world, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have teamed up with colleagues at University of Rome La Sapienza to study a group of 300 citizens, all over 100 years old, living in Acciaroli (Pollica), a remote Italian village nestled between the ocean and mountains in Cilento, southern Italy.
About 1-in-60 of the area’s inhabitants are older than 90, according to the researchers. Such a concentration rivals that of other so-called blue zones, like Sardinia and Okinawa, which have unusually large percentages of very old people. In the 2010 census, about 1-in-163 Americans were 90 or older.
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