The most famous long-livers



Unfortunately, or happiness, but human life is limited. Seldom does anyone manage to live to the centennial. In any case, long-livers are said to be interviewed, trying to resurrect memories of old times and the secrets of health. In modern history there are a few people who can safely be considered record holders in this field.

Those whose confirmed age exceeds 115 years, can generally be called superlongers. It is interesting that some of them have long smoked, abused alcohol. Others as a secret of longevity are called an exceptionally healthy lifestyle.


Of course, you can remember the Japanese Sigtiyo Izumi, whose age is 120 years old or the legendary Azerbaijani shepherd Shirali Muslimov, who lived to rumor till 168 years old. However, such impressive figures have not been documented. We’ll tell you about those superhumans, whose age was tested.

The most famous long-livers

Christian Mortensen (1882-1998).

This man is officially considered the most important centenarian among the stronger sex. Born in Denmark, he spent most of his life in America. Mortensen’s age was 115 years and 252 days.

His birthday was on August 16, 1882, and he died on April 25, 1998. The unusualness of this long-liver is not only that he was a man. After all, among this category of respectable elders, nine out of ten representatives are women.

Mortensen was able to stand out by the fact that he used to smoke several cigars every day for 95 years of his life. Although scientists believe that marriage prolongs life, the man himself for most of his long life was single. In marriage, he lived only 10 years. In 1903, the Dane moved to the United States, where for a long time he worked as a tailor and milkman.

At the end of his life Mortensen managed to share the secret of his longevity. In this, according to him, “good” cigars, friends, a lot of good water, refusal of alcohol, singing and optimism are to blame.

The most famous long-livers

Maggie Pauline Barnes (1882-1998).

This woman was born as a slave on March 6, 1882. And she died after 115 years 319 days on January 19, 1998. About Maggie Barnes little is known, but based on an impressive age, one can assume that her life was full of events. She passed with honor through adversity, including having managed to survive 11 of her 15 children. The long-lived woman died from complications caused by a small infection that fell into her leg.

Her record is also amazing because at the beginning of the 20th century the average life expectancy for African Americans was 40-42 years, and for the white race it was slightly higher – 47 years. Although the gap is constantly shrinking, Barnes really did the impossible – she lived 75 years more than the average life expectancy in her time. Bessie Cooper (1896 -).

The legendary woman was born on August 26, 1896. She already celebrated her 116th birthday, becoming in 2011 the oldest resident of our planet. The secret of her longevity, she described simply – “I do not stick my nose into other people’s business,” adding “Also I do not eat junk food.” Life Cooper stretched for three centuries, it survived two world wars and witnessed significant turning points in history.

Bessie started working as a teacher in Georgia. At 28, she married, her marriage lasted until 69 years with the death of her husband. Since then, she has lived alone on a family farm. At 105, Bessie moved to a nursing home. On the 115th birthday she was congratulated by 4 children, 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Elizabeth Bolden (1890 – 2006).

This woman was born on August 15, 1890 and lived until December 11, 2006. At that time, she turned 116 years and 118 days. She was born in Tennessee, in a family of blacks freed from slavery.

The life of Mrs. Bolden has developed quite hard. Her longevity genes were not passed on to the children, so the woman was destined to survive five of her seven children.But thanks to her appeared an enviable and numerous offspring, which, it is likely, will preserve a valuable gene of longevity.

After the death of Elizabeth Bolden, it turned out that she had more than 500 direct descendants, including 75 great-great-great-grandsons. All her life the woman worked on the farm. She was always a family man and loved to give valuable advice.

In 2004, Elizabeth suffered a stroke, after which she began to talk little and almost all the time to sleep. She died in a nursing home, having had time to taste ice cream and sweets for her 116th birthday.

The most famous long-livers

Tayne Ikai (1879 – 1995).

Teng Ikai has a proven life expectancy of 116 years and 175 days. She is the most important long-liver, both in Japan and in Asia. She appeared on January 18, 1879 in the city of Kansei, in the family of farmers. At the age of 20, a woman married, she had four children, all of them she survived by 1995.

During her life, Thain was fond of embroidery and ceramics. The basis of her diet was rice. Perhaps it is traditional Japanese food that has saved it from cancer and heart disease. The autopsy of the woman after her death showed that she died from kidney failure. This is the only long-lived woman who underwent autopsy. Maria Capovilla (1889 – 2006).

This long-liver represents Ecuador. She was born on September 14, 1889, becoming the same age as the Eiffel Tower. As a result, Maria lived 116 years and 37 days. She went down in history as the oldest South American and the oldest resident of the Southern Hemisphere. Kapovilia passed away just one month before her 117th birthday.

Longevity led a very healthy lifestyle. She never smoked, only occasionally taking alcohol. Maria was born in the family of a colonel, her life began in the midst of the local elite. In 1917, a woman married an Italian-born officer Antonio Capovilla. The couple had five children, two of whom Maria eventually survived.

At the age of one hundred, Maria nearly died and even managed to take the sacrament. However, she managed to recover, without experiencing further health problems. The Superlonger went without a wand, read newspapers and watched television. Her health subsided rapidly, she stopped reading and talking. Maria Luisa Meiler (1880 – 1998).

The woman died on April 16, 1998, when she turned 117 years old and 230 days old. Together with her in the same nursing home was one of her sons, and her daughter at that time was already 90 years old. And the Franco-Canadian long-liver was born in Quebec on August 29, 1880. At the age of 30, Maria Louise became a widow – her husband died of pneumonia.


After the tragedy, she moved to the border between Ontario and Quebec, where she met her future second husband, Hector Meiler. Maria Luisa herself believed that her longevity was her reward for hard work. She really had a hard time – in two marriages she gave birth to 10 children. Longevity liked to drink a glass of wine, she also smoked for a long time, getting rid of this addiction only in 90 years. Lucy Hannah (1875 – 1993).

Surprisingly, this long-livered woman was never considered the oldest person on the planet. The fact is that she lived at the same time with Zhanna Kalman, the owner of such an honorary title. Whatever it was, but Hannah lived to 117 years and 248 days.

It is the oldest African-American on the planet, and it lasted longer than two people in modern history. Although her family claimed that because of the confusion with the documents of Lucy was for a year more, her place in our rating this fact does not change.

Lucy was born in Alabama on July 16, 1875. To avoid racist persecution during the Great Migration, the woman moved to Detroit. In 1901, she married John Hannah, the couple had eight children. At the time of Lucy’s death, only two of them remained alive.It should be noted that a long life, Lucy owes her genes – her two sisters have exchanged a hundred years, and her mother lived 99 years.

The most famous long-livers

Sarah Knauss (1880 – 1999).

Sarah is the second oldest person in history. She died when she was 119 years old and 97 days old. She was born on September 24, 1880, and died just a few days before the arrival of the new millennium. However, the honorary title of the long-lived Sara herself was worried little. When she was told that she was the oldest person on the planet, she answered only “So what?”.

All her life the woman lived in Pennsylvania. She married at age 21 and worked as a professional seamstress. Even her own wedding dress and tablecloth for the celebration of Sarah sewed herself. She began to sew at the age of 4. Sara’s daughter described her as a very calm person, whom nothing can disturb.

This is the secret of longevity, because it is known that stresses strongly affect human health. Sarah had one child who lived 102 years. She survived both her daughter and her husband, having lived in marriage for 64 years. Sarah Knauss survived seven wars in America, the Great Depression, she lived under 23 US presidents. At the time of her death, she was older than the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

Sara herself, at the age of 115, said that she likes to live so long, because she is still healthy enough to do some things herself. Her passion was watching the golf on TV, making sharp needles. She adored milk chocolate, nuts and chips. Jeanne Kalman (1875 – 1997).

The record of this woman is still unbeatable, she is the oldest of the people who ever lived on the planet. It’s hard to believe that someone will soon be able to beat her record in 122 years and 164 days. Jeanne appeared in French Arles on February 21, 1875, and she died on August 4, 1997. During the life of Jeanne, mankind invented a car, cinema, learned how to build airplanes and smelt stainless steel, and television appeared.

In the life of Jeanne Kalman was an amazing meeting. At the age of 13 she met Vincent Van Gogh himself. She recalled that the great artist seemed to her dirty, gloomy and untidy dressed. Like Sarah Knauss, Zhanna’s longevity is directly related to her immunity from stress. The woman was also witty, telling on each of her new birthday about the new secret of her longevity.

On her 120th birthday, Jeanne was asked how she sees the future. To which she replied wittily and sadly: “Very short.” Up to a hundred years, Zhanna Kalman still rode a bicycle and drank a port, she smoked at all until her death. The woman claimed that she managed to deceive the age due to a strong stomach and physical activity. She advised people: “If you can not do anything about the problem, then do not worry.”

It is interesting that at the age of 90, Zhanna made a deal to sell her apartment to Raffre’s lawyer. He pledged to pay a certain monthly amount to Mrs. Kalman, and after her death, the old woman’s property was to be transferred to his property. At that time, the cost of the apartment was 10 years of contributions. As a result, Zhanna experienced a greedy lawyer for two years, having lived another 30 years after the transaction.



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