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Oldest Person in the World

Oldest Personin the World

If you want to know the record holder for the oldest person in the world, then you're in the right place. Jeanne Louise Calment (born in 1875 / died 1997) was the oldest living person and had the longest confirmed human life span in history, living to the age of 122 years, 164 days. She lived in Arles, France, for her entire life, and outlived both her daughter and grandson. She became especially well known from the age of 113, when the centenary of Vincent van Gogh's visit brought reporters to Arles. She entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1988, and on 17 October 1995 she became the oldest person ever.

She said she was 12 or 13 when she saw Vincent Van Gogh in Arles, and she said later that he was "very ugly, ungracious, impolite, sick, I forgive him, they called him loco.". Madame Calment once said: "I have an enormous will to live and a good appetite, especially for sweets". She used to eat more than two pounds of chocolate a week and treat her skin with olive oil, rode a bicycle until she was 100.

The oldest undisputed lifespan for a man supercentenarian is that of Christian Mortensen, who lived to be 115 years, 252 days. He was the oldest undisputed man ever. He was also the first undisputed man to reach 114 and 115 years of age.

The longest documented lifespan for a living person is that of 114-year-old Besse Cooper, of Georgia, United States, who was born on 26 August 1896. She succeeded Eunice Sanborn of Texas, United States, on 31 January 2011.

Tuti Yusupova (claimed birth date July 1, 1880) is an Uzbekistani who claims, at an alleged age of 130, to be the oldest living person in the world. It has been claimed that she has a birth certificate recording her as having been born in 1880, but this has not been independently verified.

Antisa Khvichava (born 8 July 1880) is a Georgian woman who is 130 years old, which would make her the oldest person of all time. Her passport is given as evidence. However it is claimed that it is likely that her birth records were either misrecorded or falsified.

Did you know that a supercentenarian is someone who has reached the age of 110 years. This age is achieved by about one in a thousand centenarians. There are estimated to be 300–450 living supercentenarians in the world, though only about 90 individual verified living supercentenarians are known. A supercentenarian is considered 'verified' if his or her claim has been validated by an international body that specifically deals in longevity research, such as the Gerontology Research Group or Guinness World Records.

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The longest documented lifespan for a living woman is that of 114-year-old Besse Cooper, of Georgia, United States, who was born on 26 August 1896. She succeeded Eunice Sanborn of Texas, United States, on 31 January 2011.

Tuti Yusupova (claimed birth date July 1, 1880) is an Uzbekistani who claims, at an alleged age of 130, to be the oldest living woman in the world. It has been claimed that she has a birth certificate recording her as having been born in 1880, but this has not been independently verified.

Antisa Khvichava (born 8 July 1880) is a Georgian woman who is 130 years old, which would make her the oldest person of all time. Her passport is given as evidence. However it is claimed that it is likely that her birth records were either misrecorded or falsified.

Did you know that evidence-based studies indicate that longevity is based on two major factors, genetics and lifestyle choices. Twin studies, have estimated that approximately 20-30% of an individual’s lifespan is related to genetics, the rest is due to individual behaviors and environmental factors which can be modified. Study of the regions of the world known as blue zones, where people commonly live active lives past 100 years of age, have shown that longevity is related to a healthy social and family life, not smoking, eating a plant-based diet, frequent consumption of legumes and nuts, and engaging in regular physical activity.

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