Monday June 24, 2013

The Longevity Puzzle


Centenarians from Sardinia. Left to Right: Teresa Cabiddu, Giovanni Corrias, and Giuseppe Murinu. Photograph by Susan Pinker.

In a cluster of quiet mountain villages in Sardinia, Italy, something unusual is happening. A remarkable number of people are living into their hundreds. And in this global hotspot for longevity, there are nearly as many male as female centenarians. Psychologist and author Susan Pinker takes us to Sardinia as she searches for answers.

The Village Effect, by Susan Pinker, will be published by Knopf Canada in Fall, 2013.

Participants in the program:

Demographer, Michel Poulain, from Belgium.

Physician Giovanni Pes, from Italy.

Related Websites:

A Population Where Men Live As Long As Women: Villagrande Strisaili, Sardinia by by Michel Poulain, Journal of Aging Research

Google Map link to Villagrande, Sardinia

Des vins pour vieillir en santé by Ronald Georges