By Kyle Prince
Dominica, the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, is rapidly becoming known as home of the modern day “Fountain of Youth.”
The island was once the home to Elizabeth “Ma Pampo” Israel who died in October 2003 at the age of 128. At the time, she was considered by many to be the world’s oldest living person.
Ma Pampo’s neighbour Rose Peter lived to be 118 years of age. (Update Sept. 28, 2001 The Chronicle: Centenarian Dies at 118)
There is clearly something special about Dominica – an island with a population of 70,000 (2000 Census) which is home to twenty-two recorded centenarians.
Dominica has the second highest longevity in the western hemisphere, second only to Canada and above the United States, according to Janice Jackson, Executive Director of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
“If this is juxtaposed with the major difference in expenditures – less than $200 per resident in Dominica, compared with over $3500 in the US, this figure becomes even more significant.” Jackson said.
Worldwide, average life expectancy for women is 64 to 67 and for it is 61.
In Dominica the average life expectancy for women is 78 to 81 and for men it is 75.