Pockets of Longevity

24 Oct

Seeking to learn more about the island’s reputation for long-lived residents, I called on Dr. Ilias Leriadis, one of Ikaria’s few physicians, in 2009. On an outdoor patio at his weekend house, he set a table with Kalamata olives, hummus, heavy Ikarian bread and wine. “People stay up late here,” Leriadis said. “We wake up late and always take naps. I don’t even open my office until 11 a.m. because no one comes before then.” He took a sip of his wine. “Have you noticed that no one wears a watch here? No clock is working correctly. When you invite someone to lunch, they might come at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. We simply don’t care about the clock here.”

 

Ikaria, an island about 30 miles off the western coast of Turkey where people are reaching the age of 90 at two and a half time the rate Americans do, and suffering about a quarter the rate of dementia.

HT: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/magazine/the-island-where-people-forget-to-die.html?hp

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