Two to four glasses of locally produced wine a day, lots of socializing, not wearing a watch or even caring about time, a diet heavy in plants, the need to walk hilly terrain, ingesting herbs which serve as medicines, and afternoon naps. Those of some of the factors aging experts consider important in what keeps the residents of Greek Island Ikaria living long and healthy lives. In today's THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, reporter Dan Buettner tells the story of the people of Ikaria.
That closely knit society, where privacy is viewed as not necessary and, anyway, impossible, has been studied by countless research teams. They have been seeking the secret or voodoo of aging well. What they are finding, though, is a lifestyle which wouldn't be easy to replicate in America.
After all, we live by the clock. On Ikaria they wake up when they wake up. In addition, it doesn't bother them that there is a high unemployment rate. After all, anyone on the island can plant a garden for the basics and raise some lifestock. So, unemployment is not a national crisis. In addition, the culture of Ikaria welcomes dropping-in. Even a phone call in America requires an appointment.
This article makes just about any reasonable aging person long to relocate to Ikaria to live cheaply and well. The trick is to be able to be able to adjust to that way of life.