People would do anything to avoid getting older. Cosmetic surgery and science try to find the perfect balance between having a younger look and a longer life. There are plenty of stories about youth elixir but nothing has been proven. This article is not about that. This is all about the oldest people who have ever lived.
In 2002, Kamato Hongo was the oldest living person. She lived in Kagoshima, Japan and a month after her 116th anniversary, she died of pneumonia. The island where she has lived is famous for other cases of longevity, much like Okinawa.
In 1998, Carrie C. White entered the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person in the world. She was then 114 years old and she was a resident of Palatka, Florida nursing home. Contrary to what you might believe, she wasnt there because of her age but because of a nervous breakdown that she has had on 1909, which left her institutionalized.
Elizabeth lived in the US, the place with the most supercentenarians in the entire world. She was amongst the other 7 people in the world who have lived until the age of 116 years old. She had 40 grand-children, 75 great grand-children, 150 great-great grand-children, 220 great-great-great grand-children and 75 great-great-great-great grand-children.
Tane is Janapans oldest female on record, She outlived her daughter and three sons and had two strokes, the last one being at age 113, which left her bed-ridden. She died because of a kidney failure and was the first supercentenarian to be autopsied.
Maria was born in Ecuador and she was the oldest person who has lived in three centuries. She has lived in upper-class elite. She never smoked or drank. Even at the age of 116, she was able to watch TV, read newspapers and walk without a cane. She died of pneumonia with just 18 days before turning 117 years old.
Meilleur was a supercentenarian who has lived in Canada and until the death of Jeanne Calment (the oldest person on the list) was the oldest living person. She died at the age of 117 because of a blood clot. At the moment of her death, her daughter was 90 years old.
Lucy Hannah was also an American super centenarian but she has never received the oldest living person because she coincided with Jeanne Calment. She was the only African-American woman to have reached 117 years old.
Sarah Knauss was the oldest person who has ever lived in America. Her daughter was 96 when Sarah died and lived until she was 101. The daughter said that nothing could faze her mother and that is why she lived so much. Sarah died peacefully of old age.
Izumi age is disputed especially since most super centenarians seem to be women. Izumi was born in Japan and he is also known as having the longest working life with a total of 98 years. He died of pneumonia.
Jeanne Calment is the oldest person who has ever lived, dying at 122 years and 164 days. The maximum human lifespan is thought to be somewhere between 123-125 years of age, this making Jeanne a very special person. She was the last person living to have personally met the artist. Moreover, her lifespan has been thoroughly documented, with more proof of her age than for any other case.