Elderly Care pp 129-134 | Cite as

Activity, its own medicine

A ‘Valley of the Aged’ Project, Vilcabamba, Ecuador
  • Guillermo del PozoV


Vilcabamba, variously known as ‘The Valley of the Aged’ or ‘The Island of Immunity’, came to world notice through a Reader’s Digest article by Dr Eugene H. Payne in 1959. It was again featured in the reports by Dr Alexander Leaf on his research into the links between cholesterol and heart disease there in 1971. It was calculated at the time that, whilst in Ecuador as a whole only 4.6% of the population were over 60 years of age, in Vilcabamba the proportion was 20%.


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