16    Aug 20149 comments

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?

Let us know in the comments below.

19    Mar 20100 comments

The World’s Oldest Man

The World's Oldest Man, David Pur
The World's Oldest Man, David Pur

He has smoked for 110 years, buried six of his nine children, accomplished more than a century of Torah studies, and he has 56 great grandchildren. David Pur, at 115 years old, is being visited by an entourage from the Guinness Book of World Records to be verified as the oldest person in the world.

Mr. Pur has lived through much of modern history. Born in 1895 in Iran, what was then Persia, under Mahommad Ali Shah Qajar, he watched the Qajar dynasty crumble with the building tensions of WWI and the subsequent overthrow by coup d'état. Pur's interest in the political minutia of his country led him to become an advisor to the Shah, where he was revered for his mastery of languages including Farsi, Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, French and later Tagalog.
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