ACCIAROLI (POLLICA), ITALY - 5 OCTOBER 2016: 82-years old Fenisia La Greca is here on her balcony overlooking the harbor in Acciaroli, a hamlet in the municipality of Pollica, Italy, on October 5th 2016. Fenisia La Greca grows fruit and vegetables in her own garden.
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.