Longevity and age exaggeration in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

J Gerontol. 1979 Jan;34(1):94-8. doi: 10.1093/geronj/34.1.94.


Systematic age exaggeration was found after age 70 in an Equadorian population noted for extreme longevity. Extreme ages (over 100 years) were either incorrect or unsubstantiated. There was no evidence of increased longevity in the Vilcabamba population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ecuador
  • Humans
  • Longevity*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Vital Statistics*