TODAY Show: Alzheimer’s is Rare on Their Native Greek Island

Ikaria has been called “the place where people forget to die.” The people there have lower rates of age-related diseases, like Alzheimer’s, than almost anywhere in the world. While Americans have about a 50-percent chance of developing some form of dementia by the time they reach 85, in the blue zones longevity hotspot of Ikaria, the disease is almost non-existent. The videos below feature NBC special anchor Maria Shriver and Dan Buettner who visit a city thousands of miles from Greece — Cleveland, Ohio — to learn about how community and environment play a role in overall health and well being.

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