Friends and family may help Italians live healthier and longer

( CNN) If you think longevity solely comes down to genes and diet, believe again.

Adolfo Melis, who lives on the island of Sardinia, in Italy, is testament to this way of thinking.

He might be 94, but he says he feels like 50. Melis is still active — he’s one impressive pool player — he doesn’t need glass to read the newspaper, and he gets up early enough to serve coffee from 6 a.m. onwards at his coffee shop. Importantly, “‘all my clients are my friends, and everyone knows each other, ” Melis said.

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