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I stumbled upon this remarkable article about the world’s oldest living woman. She passed away a while back. But it is absolutely fascinating...

Jeanne Louise Calment (21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997) was a French woman with the longest confirmed lifespan in history at age 122 years 164 days (44,724 days in total).

Calment was born in Arles and lived there for all of her life. Her father, Nicolas, was a shipbuilder, and her mother, Marguerite, was from a family of millers. Her close family members also lived to an advanced age: her older brother, François, lived to the age of 97, her father to 93, and her mother to 86. In 1896, at the age of 21, she married her second cousin (grandson of her great-uncle) Fernand Calment, a wealthy store owner. His wealth made it possible for Calment never to have to work; instead she led a relaxed lifestyle, pursuing hobbies like tennis, cycling, swimming, rollerskating, piano and opera.

Her husband died in 1942 after eating a dessert prepared with spoiled cherries. She had one daughter, Yvonne, who was born in 1898, and a grandson, Frédéric, born in 1926. She outlived her daughter, who died at age 36 in 1934 from pneumonia. Frédéric became a doctor, and Calment outlived him as well after he died in 1963 due to a motorcycle accident.

In 1965, aged 90, with no living heirs, Jeanne Calment signed a deal to sell her former apartment to lawyer André-François Raffray, on a contingency contract. Raffray, then aged 47, agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs until she died, an agreement sometimes called a "reverse mortgage". Raffray ended up paying Calment more than the equivalent of $180,000, which was more than double the apartment's value. After Raffray's death from cancer at the age of 77, in 1995, his widow continued the payments until Calment's death.

Calment's remarkable health presaged her later record. At age 85, she took up fencing, and at 100, she was still riding a bicycle. She gave up smoking only five years before her death. Jeanne lived on her own until shortly before her 110th birthday, when it was decided that she needed to be moved to a nursing home. However, Jeanne was still in good shape, and was able to walk until a fall at age 114 years and 11 months, which required surgery. She reportedly attributed her longevity and relatively youthful appearance for her age to olive oil, which she said she poured on all her food and rubbed onto her skin, as well as a diet of port wine, and nearly 2 pounds of chocolate eaten every week.

Let it never be said again that we are too old to start something new and neither that it is ever wrong to have another bite of chocolate. This truly is a fascinating story.

It’s also interesting to note that out of the top 10 oldest living people verified in the world, nine are women. The only male that was included is Shigechiyo Izumi and the legality of his claim could not be determined. He claimed that he was 120 years old, but it is more likely that he was only 105 years old. He also holds the record for the longest working career of 98 years. Which is a bit strange to me, considering he must have been 7 years old when he started working.

My only tip is to keep your birth certificate safe.
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All comments are welcome. But I am quiet sensitive so keep it clean, sweet and always in my favour!!