Our theme for June June 20 was Young At Heart. We had one speaker outstanding speaker Shirin. Since her speech was 20-40 minutes we skipped Table Topics this week.
Shirin presented speech four from an Advanced Communications manual, “Longevity and 4 Cities Where People Live 4 Cities the Longest.”
People live the longest in:
- Okinawa, Japan
- Ikaria Greek Island
- Loma Linda, California
- Nicoya, Costa Rica
Okinawa Japanese is home to the largest population of centenarians in the world and longest disability-free life expectancy in the world. Okinawans practice is hara hachi bu, that encourages people to eat only until they are 80 percent full.
Ikaria Greek Island, which is the “island where people forget to die.” Ikaria is home to centenarians who enjoy long lives without fear of dementia and chronic age-related diseases. Ikarians take time to nap each day, which helps reduce their risk of heart disease by 35 percent.
Loma Linda is home to many Seventh-day Adventists who don’t smoke, drink alcohol or consume caffeine. They typically live eight to ten years longer than the average American. Researchers believe they have their religion and faith to thank for those extra years.
Those who live Nicoya, Costa Ricado also tend to live longer than those in the rest of the county. They are healthier and less-stressed overall, due in part to plan de vida having a sense of purpose in life through strong community and familial ties. They live a life full of vegetables, laughing and playing and faith. Having a purpose in life can lead to long longevity.
Click here to see Shirin’s presentation to learn more.