Locals sip coffee in the shade of leafy plane trees and exchange pleasantries outside their terracotta roofed homes. Business owners open and close their doors on no set schedule. Many of the shops operate on an honour system: customers take what they please and leave money on the counter in return.
It’s a fairly common scene on the Greek islands, but the northern Aegean island of Ikaria is different, as one third of the island’s population lives to be more than 90 years old!
Experts often cite a healthy diet and an active lifestyle as key to a longer life, but also noted is the importance of close family ties and involvement in faith-based communities. Ikarians make an effort to stay closely connected to their families and neighbours, and the elderly play significant roles in the community. Grandparents often help raise grandchildren or run businesses.
The full ‘BBC Travel’ article can be found at the link below: