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Oldest individuals who lived share secrets and techniques to longevity – from booze to chocolate

Want to stay longer? It’s most likely sensible to be taught extra about individuals who stood the check of time.

While the common human lifespan is 80 within the UK, these pensioners managed to take pleasure in much more many years. And the supercentenarians did not even have to surrender life’s small pleasures so as to take action!

Juan Vicente Perez, from Venezuela, sadly handed away this week. He did stay to the spectacular age of 114 although – and revealed he loved consuming a glass of Spanish spirit aguardiente each day.

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He’s not the one 100+ OAP to bask in tipples regularly. And some even admit to having a cheeky smoke or a love for chocolate.

So try the oldest folks of all time – in line with documented historical past – and skim extra in regards to the every day routines that helped the pause the clock…



1. Jeanne Calment – born 1875, died 1997 (aged 122)

The oldest individual to have ever lived ate two kilos of chocolate per week and smoked till she was 117.

Jeanne Calment lived her total life in France, and claims to have met Vincent Van Gogh when she was 13.

She lived most of her life in obscurity in Arles, however in her later years turned a global celeb. The yr earlier than her loss of life she recorded a rap CD, ‘Mistress of Time’.

Calment was remarkably wholesome all through her life, as soon as claiming to have “never been sick”. She reportedly ate dessert with each meal and smoked and drank wine properly into her outdated age.

She reportedly ascribed her lengthy life and youthful look to consuming numerous olive oil, in addition to her calm temperament, as soon as joking: “That’s why they call me Calment.”

2. Kane Tanaka – born 1903, died 2022 (aged 119)



Kane Tanaka misplaced a husband and son in World War II however remains to be going right now at 117 years outdated

Kane Tanaka was born untimely – however proved stronger than most.

During World War II she labored in a noodle store along with her husband, who died together with one in every of their sons through the conflict. The Japanese couple had three different organic youngsters and adopted one other.

At the age of 103 she was recognized with colon most cancers however recovered and lived one other 16 years. She handed away two years in the past of “old age” at a hospital in Japan.

Tanaka favored to play the board sport Othello, took quick walks and did calligraphy. She additionally reportedly had a candy tooth and drank three cans of canned espresso or soda a day.

The pensioner, who acquired up at 6am each day, credited her household, good sleep and having hope as the key to her lengthy lifespan, in addition to a lifelong religion in God.

3. Sarah Knauss – born 1880, died 1999 (aged 119)



Sarah Knauss was described because the friendliest resident of the care dwelling through which she spent her later years

Described because the friendliest resident in her nursing dwelling earlier than her loss of life, the native of Pennsylvania within the US labored as an insurance coverage workplace supervisor for a lot of her life.

She by no means gave up the key of her longevity however she reportedly liked watching golf on TV and consuming milk chocolate, cashew nuts and crisps.

When requested about tips on how to stay longer, Sarah really useful it’s best to “maintain your self busy, work laborious, and never fear about how outdated you’re”.

4. Lucile Randon – born 1904, died 2023 (aged 118)



Lucile Randon
Lucile Randon lived a religious life – surviving wars and the pandemic

French nun Lucile Randon, often known as Sister Andrée, died in a nursing dwelling in Toulon final yr. She was born on 11 February 1904 and lived via each World Wars and the coronavirus pandemic.

Lucile transformed to Catholicism on the age of 19 and have become a nun eight years later. This did not maintain her again from life’s pleasures although – together with wine and chocolate.

She moved into her Toulon nursing dwelling in 2009. By the early 2010s she was wheelchair-bound and latterly blind, however she was nonetheless a survivor.

Lucile turned the oldest identified survivor of Covid after she examined constructive for the virus a month earlier than her 117th birthday, and was asymptomatic.

5. Nabi Tajima – born 1900, died 2018 (aged 117)



Nabi Tajima spent her total life on the island of Kikaijima, Japan

Nabi Tajima spent her total life on the small island of Kikaijima in Japan – and it was positively an extended one.

She had 9 youngsters and by 2017 was reported to have roughly 160 descendants together with great-great-great-grandchildren. Her husband reached the spectacular age of 93, however left her a widow in 1991.

Tajima credited her lengthy life on consuming scrumptious meals and at all times getting a very good night time’s sleep.

6. Lucy Hannah – born 1875, died 1993 (aged 117)



Lucy Hannah says a nutritious diet and train helped her stay such an extended life

The second American on the listing, Lucy Hannah is believed to be the oldest African-American to have ever lived.

Her mother and father have been slaves however she was freeborn and went on to have eight youngsters – solely two of whom have been nonetheless alive by the top of her life. She reportedly put her well being and longevity all the way down to a nutritious diet and plenty of train.

Before she died Hannah claimed she was 118, however an investigation discovered she was truly 117 on the time of her loss of life – nonetheless a formidable feat by any customary.

7. Marie-Louise Meilleur – born 1880, died 1998 (aged 117)



Marie Louise Meilleur smoked till she was 102 years outdated

This French-Canadian had 12 youngsters, solely 4 of which survived her. She had 85 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren, 57 great-great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-great-grandchildren.

Meilleur smoked for many of her life, solely quitting on the age of 102 when she caught a chilly.

When requested in regards to the secret to her lengthy life, she stated she’d stayed wholesome by doing laborious work and by no means consuming alcohol or meat. She additionally credited a food plan wealthy in salt.

8. Violet Brown – born 1900, died 2017 (aged 117)



Before her loss of life, Violet Brown was the final residing topic of Queen Victoria

Violet Brown was born in Jamaica at a time when it was nonetheless a part of the British Empire. At the time of her loss of life she was the final residing topic of Queen Victoria.

As properly because the report for world’s oldest individual (till her loss of life in 2017), Brown shared one other report along with her son Harland Fairweather. He was born in 1920, and he and his mom held the report for highest mixed age for a dad or mum and little one, with a mixed age of 213 years and 345 days.

Just months earlier than her loss of life Brown stated she felt good and was more healthy than her 5 remaining youngsters.

Brown indicated in an April 2017 interview with The Jamaica Observer that she was more healthy than her 5 remaining youngsters and had no illnesses.

“Really and truly, when people ask what I eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don’t drink rum and dem tings,” she informed native media.

9. Emma Morano – born 1899, died 2017 (aged 117)



Emma Morano at her 117th celebration in northern Italy

The second-oldest European of all time, Emma Morano labored in a manufacturing unit and a boarding faculty kitchen throughout her lifetime and did not retire till she was 75. On her 116th birthday she acquired private congratulations from Pope Francis.

When requested for her secret to an extended life, she stated she ate three eggs a day, drank home made grappa (Italian brandy) and generally indulged in chocolate.

A bachelorette since kicking her husband out in 1938, Morano additionally stated staying single had been the important thing to her lasting well being. But above all she really useful pondering positively in regards to the future.