Supercentenarians – Dead and Living…





BT. V. Antony Raj

A supercentenarian is a person who has reached the age of 110. This age is achieved by about one in 1,000 centenarians. Anderson et al. concluded that supercentenarians live typically free of major age-related diseases until shortly before maximum human lifespan is reached.

Jeanne Louise Calment

The oldest person whose age was well-documented is supercentenarian Jeanne Louise Calment (February 21, 1875 – August 4, 1997) of Arles, France. She lived to the age of 122 years, 164 days. Her longevity attracted media attention and her health and lifestyle were studied by medical personnel.


Jeanne  Louise Calment on her 120th birthday (


While alive, Jeanne Calment spent her life doing almost everything contra to what doctors advise us if we want to live a long life. She smoked, drank liquor. She complained about her bland foods, and ate red meat and fried, spicy food. She ate desserts after every meal. and consumed excessive amounts of sugar, about two pounds of chocolate per week. And she never ate breakfast but drank coffee – a cup or two.

Jiroemon Kimura

The oldest verified man ever lived is Japanese supercentenarian Jiroemon Kimura born as Kinjiro Miyake (April 19, 1897 – June 12, 2013)  in the fishing village of Kamiukawa. Japan.  He lived to the age of 116 years, 54 days.


Jiroemon Kimura (


Kane Tanaka

As of October 3, 2019, the world’s oldest verified living person is Japanese supercentenarian Kane Tanaka (born January 2, 1903) born in the village of Kazuki, Fukuoka Prefecture, Southern Japan, on the southern island of Kyushu.

On Saturday, March 9, 2019, in a ceremony joined by families and local officials, Kane Tanaka aged 116 years and 66 days, now living in a nursing home in Fukuoka City was recognized by the Guinness World Records. She received certificates for both the world’s oldest living person and the world’s oldest living woman.



Gustav Gerneth

Now, the oldest known living man is Gustav Gerneth (born 15 October 15, 1905) from Havelberg, Germany, aged 113 years, 353 days.

Gustav Geerneth at age 106 (


Gustav Gerneth is living still on his own in the same flat for more than 40 years. He cooks and cleans his flat without any special help.  His secret of longevity: never diet and sports, but also never a cigarette and drink only for celebration.

Due to differences in life expectancy, the 100 oldest women have, on average, lived several years longer than the 100 oldest men.




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