ACCIAROLI (POLLICA), ITALY - 5 OCTOBER 2016: (L-R) 100-years-old Antonio Vassallo and his 93-years-old wife Amina Fedullo are here in their home in Acciaroli, a hamlet in the municipality of Pollica, Italy, on October 5th 2016. Mrs Fedullo was a farmer her entire life, while Mr Vassallo was a soldier in Italy's military forces in the Italian East Africa, the Italian colony in the Horn of Africa. They've been married for 66 years.
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.