What would you do if your life could span three centuries? Quite a lot probably. We can all agree that it’s a great feat to live in a span of 100 years — but it’s an even greater feat if you live well. Believe it or not, these five oldest people in the world today were all born in the 1800s! These five women are, though, the last people that we’ll ever have the chance to see with this distinction – and we think they look fantastic. The proper term is for people of this age is supercentenarian. Boy, they’ve witness almost everything.
These supercentenarians, have lived through world wars, the sinking of the Titanic, the space race and much much more. But what’s even more astounding is that when they were born, the life expectancy for people in the U.S. was just around 60.
So what’s their secret to such amazing longevity? Hmmm. Let’s find out why. Meet the World’s 5 oldest people and explore their secrets to longevity.
1. Misao Okawa, aged 117, Japan
This fine lady was born in Osaka, Japan in 1898 and became the oldest person in the world.She just turned 117 recently (March 5, 2015).
Okawa lives in a retirement community and eats three square meals a day. She especially likes sushi which she makes sure to have at least once a month. But more important than diet are these three key tenets:
Eat and sleep and you will live a long time. You have to learn to relax and to sleep eight hours every night.
2. Gertrude Weaver 116, USA
Weaver is America’s oldest living person and celebrates her birthday on the 4th of July. She lives in a care facility and is said to still be relatively active. She says it’s her faith that keeps her going.
You have to follow God. Don’t follow anyone else. Be obedient and follow the laws and don’t worry about anything. I’ve followed him for many, many years and I ain’t tired.”
3. Jeralean Talley 115, USA
Talley grew up in the South and was married for 52 years, until her husband died. She lives with her daughter and enjoys playing with her great-great-grandkids and even takes an annual fishing trip! Talley’s advice for a long life is perfectly simple:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, that’s my way of living.
4. Susannah Mushatt Jones, aged 115, New York
At 115, Mushatt Jones is as feisty as ever. She loves bacon, scrambled eggs and grits every day for breakfast — not exactly something that is a recipe for long life, you’d think. But except for vision loss due to glaucoma, the only health problem she is medicated for is blood pressure. She’s also said to have an affinity for lacy lingerie.
You can never get too old to wear fancy stuff,” she’s said.
You go, girl!
5. Emma Morano-Martinuzzi, aged 115, Italy
Morano-Martinuzzi was born just days before the turn of the century in November 1899. It’s her slightly unusual diet which she credits for her longevity. When she was just 20, Morano-Martinuzzi says that a doctor told her to have one raw and one cooked egg daily, which she does to this day. She also keeps dinner light, having just a glass of milk. Or maybe it’s getting enough sleep that’s doing the trick. She follows the old adage of early to bed, early to rise. She goes to bed at around 7 p.m. and wakes up just before 6 a.m.
Bottom line: The secrets to live life long are: to getting enough sleep, staying active and exercising, and eating their favorite foods regularly. And not to stress out too much.