The Secret to Longevity

Story Title: The Secret to Longevity
Episode: 6
Broadcast Date: 25th January 2014
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane & Kim Syrus

The village of Ogimi has the reputation as 'the village of long life' - it has the highest number of centenarians in Japan and most probably the world

The Fountain of Youth

  • Okinawa is famous for being the longevity prefecture of Japan according to various statistical indicators including average life expectancy.
  • It is said that Okinawa's unique natural environment, diet, and mental climate are deeply related as factors in support of longevity.
  • The reputation of being the ‘village of long life’ is not unfounded - Out of 3,500 people, 1,050 are above 65 and 100 above 90. Among them, 16 are above 100: one man and 15 women.
  • What is particularly impressive about Okinawa and Ogimi is that 80 per cent of their elderly live independently, requiring no hospital or nursing home care. They manage quite nicely on their own, with support from family and community and in close communication with those around them.
  • The Ogimi secret to longevity: a healthy diet, an active life and good quality sleep.
  • To find out how you can explore Ogimi Village click here
  • To find out more about Okinawa click here
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