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There are places on this Earth where people live to 100 and beyond and enjoy robust health to the end. 

Gardens of Eden? Demi-paradises? Geriatricians’ pipe dreams? 

A little bit of each perhaps? 

Perhaps. But invariably they are places where people live simple lives, where they move a lot during their days, eat simple local food, live close to loved ones with whom they eat and laugh and perhaps pray. 

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Julie Carl has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, most recently as a senior editor at the Toronto Star. Julie started her journalism career at small-town Ontario newspapers. She then served...