Blue Zones are particular regions of the world with a high prevalence of centenarians who share common characteristics, lifestyles and environments (Poulain, et. al., 2004). There are currently only five recognized blue zones, one of which includes the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Individuals living in this area tend to have positive outlooks on life, utilize daily movement, rely on strong social support groups, and eat little to no processed foods (Buettner & Skemp, 2020). The current research seeks to further understand how Costa Rican centenarians living in the Nicoya Peninsula utilize Blue Zone lifestyle elements in their daily living habits. To accomplish this, the author traveled to Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, in August 2022 and interviewed several centenarians, paying particular attention to lifestyle choices and their effects on the aging process. Thematic analysis was used to analyze interview responses, and several themes emerged such as the importance of family, friends, faith, and movement as key foundations to aging in healthy and productive ways. Suggestions for ways to implement these habits globally was also discussed.
Theresa MacNeil, University of Tampa, United States
About the Presenter(s)
Dr Theresa MacNeil is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at University of Tampa in United States
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