Did you know community living
can add years to your life?

According to multiple research studies, social connection is directly related to longevity.

Researcher Dan Buettner set off to find areas around the planet where the most healthy older adults live. Known as Blue Zones, five regions were discovered with more centenarians than anywhere else on earth.


In Buettner’s book The Blue Zones, he highlights five areas where people live longer, healthier, and happier lives:

  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Loma Linda, California, USA
  • Ikaria, Greece
  • Nicoya, Costa Rica
  • Sardinia, Italy
landscape shot of Ikaria Greece at sunset

Psychologist and author Susan Pinker was so intrigued by the Blue Zones she visited Sardinia to find out more. In her book The Village Effect, Pinker gives insight into the true benefits of being part of a community.

“If we don’t interact regularly with people face-to-face, the odds are we won’t live as long, remember information as well, or be as happy as we could have been,” Pinker explains in her book.

The not-so-secret ingredients of a longer life are:

ACTIVE LIFESTYLE: Keep busy each day doing what you love. Take a walk, hike, or garden.

FOOD: Enjoy plant-based diets of produce, nuts, lower calories, and smaller portion sizes, making sure to get plenty of protein, calcium, and water.

PURPOSE: Contribute to something that fulfills you and brings feelings of joy.

COMMUNITY: Stay connected to family and visit with friends often.

At Sequoia Living, you will find the same common ingredients as the Blue Zones. Active people gravitate to our communities where healthy individuals have the social networks necessary to live longer, more purpose-filled lives together.

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