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Secrets to Longevity: 111 years young

On June 8,  the world’s oldest man, Alexander Imich, died at the age of 111 years and 124 days, in Manhattan. He had held the honor of oldest man since April 24, 2014 when his predecessor died.

Imich was a Polish-born American chemist and parapsychologist who emigrated to the United States in 1951. Throughout his life he had always enjoyed good health, which he believed was the reason he had lived so long.

Some of his tips to leading a long life include a healthy diet, regular exercise or sport, not smoking or drinking alcohol and his genes. Imich came from a family with ancestors who all lived to an old age.

The current oldest man is Japanese-born Sakari Momoi, born one day after Imich on February 5, 1903.

What is the current oldest living member of your family? What’s the longest your ancestors lived?

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  1. 99 (1 week away from turning 100) - my mom's first cousin. My mom lived to 94
  2. I am the current eldest of my family I am the eldest grandchild of grandparents wh lived until 96 years
  3. My Dad is 90, born 25 Feb 1924 and still going strong, and his sister is 93. My maternal grandmother made it to 93, the longest-lived of my ancestors so far's I know.
  4. My Great Grandfather lived to be 94 years old. He was a small man, never smoked, drank little alcohol, if any; and I recall him telling me he drove geese to the market in Worcestershire, England, as a young boy.

    Why do people use the word 'young' when they should use 'old'; are they afraid to use the word 'old?'
  5. Hi Emma,

    I don't think anyone that I have a blood relationship with has lived longer than 91 years. I will be happy to live 83 years, so that I get to see Halley's Comet for the second time. I am 34 years now. God knows what the future holds in store for us, as the predictions on www.FutureTimeline.net talk about in relation to the longevity of humans due to organ creation and mechatronics inside and outside our own bodies. I think my generation is too late for such scientific advancements, but certainly my child's generation will have the possibility of living well beyond 100 as an average age.

    There is possibly a 91 year old male and 100 year old female alive, who are distant cousins of mine, but whether they are alive or not is difficult to know as yet. I don't know those people at all, and the information is from other people's family trees on this website, so the chance of getting in touch is slim.

    In terms of those who have definitely died, I am related to a man who died at 92, and a lady at 91, but no more than that. I do doubt that those living persons mentioned above are actually alive, but there is a bit of work ahead of me to work that out. In most cases my ancestors lived to their 70's and 80's, as did their siblings.

    Well, Emma, I wrote more than I expected!!

  6. There are supposed to be at least 4 ancestors of mine who lived to between 100 and 103. I don't know for sure. Of my 4 grandparents, 3 made it to 90 plus - one of them to 99. Oldest current living relative (a cousin of my mother's) is 91 next month. BTW, agree with Jason. "Old" is now a taboo word - though it should not be.
  7. 105 Anna di Bella, ma I have many over 100.... My grandfather 102, my grandmother 96... bit young...
  8. Oldest Living Person in our Family

    Mr.Auther - 92 Years
    Mrs.Annie - 95 years

    Lived the most
    Mr.Williams Y S - 96 Years
    Mrs.Chandrothayam Kanadapillai - 94 Years
  9. Not sure of the current oldest person
    I have 2 grandparents who lived to be 97 and 95. One had a sister who lacked a few weeks of being 102 when she died.

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