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Posted by StanN. on 29 OCT 2011 16:16:59

The last surviving link to my parents' generation of our Usticesi family ( who were all married in the late 1920's and early 1930's) recently turned 98. Her and the other people I will mention had Usticesi parents on both sides. I began to think of how many of these pure Usticesi relatives lived into their 90's that have passed away in the last 15-20 years. A husband aged 97 and his wife aged 96, two great aunts aged 93 and 96, a 2nd cousin aged 91, two brothers aged 92 and 95...and I could go on a bit more...Advances in medicine can account for this perhaps, but even now in 2011 the national average lifespan for a male is 77 and for a female 81..And from what I've heard of these relatives that I listed, they died at home from old age, not after years of medical care or hospital stays. The grandmother of the 98 year old birthday person was born on Ustica in 1843, a time when infant mortality was high and human lifespan average considerably lower than today. Yet she lived until 1933..90 years...and that nonogenarian married couple from Ustica were born in the 1860s. Was there something in the Usticesi food diet or remote island lifestyle that accounts for long lives in many of both the Usticesi born and their New Orleans born children and grandchildren ? Add a brief comment to this message, if interested, and cite if you know of your own Usticesi relatives who also achieved a 90 plus age. It would be interesting to learn how many people linked to that little rural island beat pretty well, even years ago, the US national average of our own current time. Thanks

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