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The Last 5 Living People Who Were Born in the 1800s


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Centenarians may be rare, but supercentenarians are far rarer. Scientists say that this kind of lifespan all boils down to genetics. Meet the last five living people who were born in the 1800s. Do you know what this means? It means they’ve lived for over a century, seen countless wars, witnessed historical events + accumulated wisdom that could hold the key to human survival. They are the oldest living people on Earth. Year after year, they’ve watched the world change + adapt. They’ve got a perspective on the world that the rest of us can’t even imagine. And get this – each of them are women! Meet three Americans, one Italian + one Japanese. In order of age from oldest to youngest:

Misao Okawa
Misao Okawa, 116 years old. Born 1898
Gertrude Weaver, 116 years old. Born 1898
Gertrude Weaver, 116 years old. Born 1898
Emma Morano Martinuzzi, 115 years old.  Born 1899
Emma Morano Martinuzzi, 115 years old. Born 1899
Jeralean Talley, 115 years old. Born 1899
Jeralean Talley, 115 years old. Born 1899
Susannah Mushatt Jones
Susannah Mushatt Jones, 115. Born 1899

When interviewed, here were some of their secrets to longevity:

1. Keep God first

2. Don’t eat your food out of a can

3. Cherish family

4. 3 large meals a day, 8 hours of sleep at night

5. Ride your bike until you are 100

6. Drink port wine

7. Learn to relax

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