“Statistics show that there has been an explosion recently in the number of old age people living. The number is expected to double by 2030. In the USA alone there is around 16 million people living older than 85,” said Inge Heim, an epidemiologist who has completed a study on the longevity of Croats.
Heim says that according to results and analysis, Croatia’s southern Dalmatian islands, the Dubrovnik region and Lika have the highest longevity rate in the country.
“The largest growth in longevity in women is recorded in the Lika area, whilst for men it is on the islands in southern Dalmatia,” said Heim.
The latest census figures show that the most amount of people over the age of 70 live in the Lika-Senj county, reports Vecernji list. The lowest longevity rates are recorded in the country’s larger cities – Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Osijek.
Out of Croatia’s population of 4,284,889, 556,631 are older than 70 years of age, around 13% of the population.