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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 (allthatsinteresting.com)


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 (abcnews.go.com)


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 (the110club.com)


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.



World’s Oldest Living Person Lives in Gingee Town, in Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu, India.


Myself By T.V. Antony Raj


Gingee (Senji Junction) is a panchayat town in Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu, India. It is located between three hills. Nearby towns are Tindivanam (28 km away), Tiruvannamalai (39 km away) and Villupuram.

"Gingee Fort" by Sean Patrick Doran selected for Google Earth.
“Gingee Fort” by Sean Patrick Doran selected for Google Earth.

Tourists are attracted to Gingee for its historical Fort popularly known as “Gingee Fort” (Tamil: Senji Koattai). The Fort was founded in 1190 AD by the Kon dynasty. Later during the 13th century the fort was extended by the Chola dynasty. In 1638, Gingee came under the control of Bijapur Sultan of Vijayanagar; in 1677, it was under the control of Maratha king Shivaji, in 1690, it came under the Mughals, and became the headquarters of Arcot; in 1750, it went into the hands of the French; and eventually, the British took control of the Gingee Fort in 1762.

Now, near this historical town in the village called Jambodi lives a couple who are creating history. They are 123-years-old A. Rangasamy Gounder and his wife Sadachi Ammal, aged 108.

World's oldest living man Rangasamy Gounder with his wife Sadachi Ammal
World’s oldest living man Rangasamy Gounder with his wife Sadachi Ammal

Their family members produced the ration-card issued in 2005 to prove the ages of these two elders. According to the ration card, Rangasamy Gounder was 115-years-old and his wife Sadachi was 100-years-old at that time.

Their 80-year-old son Balakrishnan, who is 80 now, said the ration card issued to his parents in 2005 was duly verified by the revenue authorities.

So, Rangasamy Gounder is now 123-years-old and could well be the oldest human known in history – surpassing Monsieur Jeanne Calment of France who died in August 1997, by almost 200 days.

Rangasamy Gounder is in good health and so is his wife Sadachi Ammal. They live in their ancestral abode in Jambodi village.

They have three sons, 39 grandchildren and two great grandchildren living in various parts of Tamil Nadu.

Their grandson B. Sekar, a farm coolie who lives close by said that his grandparents even though old, were are quite independent and manage themselves well. He further said that his grandfather has so far not gone to a doctor for any treatment and his grandmother went just once after she had a fall at home. According to Sekar, his grandfather’s teeth are all intact but disoloured due to chewing beetle leaves.



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