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The Supercentarians Amongst Us

A “supercentarian” is someone who has lived beyond his or her 110th birthday.  It is a milestone that is only achieved by approximately 0.001% of centarians.

Sadly, the world’s oldest person recently passed away on April 1, 2015 not long after celebrating her 117th birthday.   The late Misao Okawa was born in Osaka, Japan in 1898 and she passed away peacefully in her sleep.

According to the Toronto Star, there are only four people alive today who were born in the 1800’s.  Although the majority of the world’s centarians reside in Japan, all four of these supercentarians who were born before the 1900’s are women from the U.S.A. and Italy.

Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas, Jeralean Talley of Georgia, and Susannah Mushatt Jones of Alabama were all born between 1898 and 1899.   Emma Morano of Italy still lives alone in her own apartment in Northern Italy today at 115 years old.  These women have lived through the World Wars, countless changes in governments, and the dawn of the digital age.

Born after these incredible women, the world’s oldest man, Sakari Momoi of Tokyo, Japan, is 112.

Whatever their secrets to longevity may be, I’m guessing that all these supercentarians have all benefited from the intergenerational support of their families which means their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Thanks for reading – have a super weekend!

Doreen So