News : RiverWoods Draws Parallels with Blue Zones

Aug 3, 2015

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald.

By Josh Rosenson

EXETER — Blue zones have been identified by author Dan Buettner in the book "The Blue Zones" as areas where populations live longer and enjoy a superior quality of life into old age. Several blue zones have been identified around the world such as Sardinia, Italy and Okinawa, Japan, and the areas studied have been identified as sharing six specific characteristics that are believed to aid in the superior quality of life at an older age.

RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community in Exeter shares many of these blue zone characteristics.

“RiverWoods is structured in a unique way,” said Cathleen Toomey, vice president of RiverWoods. “People join when they are independent and able to live on their own. They make their home here and gain friends. When and if they need another level of care they can transition to assisted living or skilled nursing, in a private room, with no limit in length of stay, and no increase in fee. Meanwhile, your community is here to support you. That is the extraordinary benefit of a CCRC.”

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