(C) BBC '07A woman from West Yorkshire, who was believed to be the oldest person in England, has died at the age of 111.
Tributes have been paid to widow Ada Mason, from Upton, who died in her sleep on Tuesday.
Yeah, but he died a couple of weeks ago. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.OldTimeRadio said:I've just been informed that former Tarzan film actor Bruce Bennett has now passed the century mark.
Hey, that's okay. At least he made it to 100.gncxx said:Yeah, but he died a couple of weeks ago. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Hey, Bennett's Tarzan was filmed in the real jungle!OldTimeRadio said:
Ukraine's 'oldest man' turns 116
By Helen Fawkes
BBC News, Kiev
Hryhoriy puts his long life down to the fact that he never married
A man thought to be the oldest living person in the world is celebrating his 116th birthday. Hryhoriy Nestor was born in what is now Ukraine.
The authorities are to mark the occasion by officially recognising him as the oldest person in Ukraine.
They say they have documents that prove that his birthday is on 15 March 1891. An attempt is now being made to get him into the international record books.
Hryhoriy puts his long life down to the fact that he has never been married.
To mark his birthday, Hryhoriy Nestor is having a small party - just a few friends and family will gather at his home.
Austro-Hungarian 'golden era'
Unlike many people from his village in western Ukraine, Hryhoriy has survived a brutal dictatorship, wars and grinding poverty.
In the past, the area was ruled by Poland and the Soviet Union.
But the 116-year-old says that life was best when the region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire a century ago.
It was only at the age of 100 that he retired from working as a farm labourer.
He is now looked after by a relative.
Hryhoriy, who still has a full head of hair, says that being single has kept him feeling young.
He recommends a diet of milk, cheese and potatoes as well as the occasional shot of vodka.
Wales's oldest woman dies at 109
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The woman believed to be the oldest in Wales, Victoria May Owen, has died aged 109, four weeks short of her 110th birthday.
Mrs Owen was born in the Cadoxton area of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan on 8 June, 1897.
A great-grandmother and mother of four, she ran a private nursing home looking after injured soldiers returning from France during WWI.
Her husband, John, a policeman, died at the age of 63 in the early 1950s.
Her daughter Joyce, 80, said she returned home after running the nursing home.
"She later returned to Barry to work in her family's grocery shop," she said.
Mrs Owen, known as May, died at the Cartref Porthkerry Home in Barry.
She moved into the nursing home just four years ago.
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'Oldest man' passes away in India
Habib Miyan lived with 32 relatives
An Indian man reported to be the oldest in the world has died in the western city of Jaipur.
Habib Miyan's pension papers showed his date of birth as 20 May 1879, but he claimed he was 138.
He shot into limelight five years ago when he managed to complete his only unfulfilled dream, to visit the Muslim holy place of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
A UK-based businessman paid $5,700 for the trip after reading his story on BBC News Online.
Mr Miyan lived in a Muslim neighbourhood of Jaipur with 32 relatives.
He claimed to be 138 (his pension book said 129).
He lost his vision 50 years ago and had limited mobility for many years.
He had been drawing a pension since 1938, but relatives say he could not afford to pay for a trip to Mecca.
After reading his story on BBC News Online, a UK-based businessman sent him money to be able to undertake the Haj pilgrimage.
Japan centenarians at record high
The number of Japanese people hitting the landmark age of 100 has reached record levels.
There are now 36,276 centenarians in the country - a rise of 4,000 on last year's figure, a report by the Health and Welfare Ministry found.
Women make up the vast majority of those who are living past 100.
Japan has one of the world's longest life expectancies, but there are concerns about the burden this is placing on society.
Both the country's pension system and social services are under pressure from its burgeoning greying population.
According to the latest figures, almost 20,000 people were set to turn 100 this year alone - receiving a congratulatory silver cup and letter from the prime minister.
While the number of Japan's centenarians has been rising for the last 40 years, the figures have accelerated in the past decade.
UN projections suggest there will be nearly one million people over 100 years of age in Japan in 2050.
Of the country's current centenarians, a staggering 86% are women.
The ministry, which released its annual report ahead of Japan's Respect For the Aged Day on 15 September, said its elderly population were living more active lives than ever.
Japan's oldest woman is 113 and lives on the southern island of Okinawa, the ministry said.
The oldest man is 112-year-old Tomoji Tanabe from the southern prefecture of Miyazaki. He rises early, reads his morning newspaper, has milk in the afternoon and writes his diary in the evening.
Matsu Yamazaki is 103 years old but still works in her family's grocery shop in Tokyo, looks after her home and does puzzles to keep her mind agile.
"Even if I go on living, I just don't want to lose my mind," she told the BBC in July.
"I know lots of people who've lost their memory. They go out and wander around town and can't find their way home."
The key to Japanese longevity has long been put down to a number of factors, including healthy diets, strong communities and excellent medical care.
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We had better tell the Queen about this....According to the latest figures, almost 20,000 people were set to turn 100 this year alone - receiving a congratulatory silver cup and letter from the prime minister.
Wasn't her role absorbed into the PMs office by Blair?Kondoru said:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-p ... 979599.stmKazakhstan's famous '130-year-old'
Sohan Dosova pictured on the front page of a local newspaper
"Do you remember Tsar Nikolai's era? When the Red Army came and when Vladimir Lenin died? Well I do. So take a guess how old I am."
Meet Sohan Dosova - the newly found treasure of Kazakhstan. She is 130 years old, at least she is according to her documents.
The Soviet passport issued in the early 1980s states that Sohan Dosova was born in the Karaganda region on 27 March 1879.
Now after a new national census in Kazakhstan, she has been "rediscovered".
"This is a truly unique case," says Ludmila Kolesova, the head of Karaganda region statistics agency.
"According to international standards we do not usually seek proof of ID when collecting census data, but when it came to Sohan Dosova we had to check her documents and verify this information with the social services department. They confirmed her date of birth."
Sohan Dosova can still walk, albeit with great care, assisted by a walking stick.
She eats slowly, and her favourite snack is bread soaked in tea. Sohan chews her food with a single remaining tooth.
Sohan says she can no longer dance, but she enjoys singing
"My secret is to add butter to my cup of tea; this is how Kazakhs like their tea," says Sohan, speaking a mixture of Kazakh and Russian.
She can still see, but has hearing problems, so most of the communication is done via her granddaughters - and there is no shortage of them.
Sohan had 10 children, and three of them are still alive. Her son had seven children. One of two daughters had six children, and the other, 22.
"There is a small tribe of great-grandchildren," says 53-year-old Gulgoim, her eldest granddaughter. But when pressed, Gulgoim was unable to say just how many.
Sohan Dosova has lived her entire life in Aul, a village in the central Karaganda region, the industrial heart of the country.
Most of the population work in the coal mining industry. Semipalatinsk, the first Soviet nuclear test site, is nearby.
Some of Sohan's grandchildren are mentally ill. They are among thousands believed to have been victims of Soviet nuclear experiments.
But Sohan has stayed healthy.
"She is in good shape, alert and active," says Valentina Shamardina, a family doctor with 40 years experience.
"In my whole career I never came across cases like this. When I first arrived to do a check-up I demanded to see her passport and it all looked correct.
"I've never heard of anyone living that long."
If Mrs Dosova really is 130 years old, that would make her the oldest person in the world. But if she ever had a birth certificate, it no longer exists.
Sohan Dosova's Soviet passport issued in the early 1980s
A Soviet passport issued in the early 1980s makes Sohan Dosova 130
In fact few rural Kazakhs born in those days are likely to have been registered. It was common for people to make up their date of birth.
Her true age is simply impossible to establish. But the local media is satisfied she's the oldest woman in Kazakhstan.
Since the results of the census were made public, journalists have become frequent visitors to Sohan's fifth floor apartment.
"This place is small, I need a bigger flat," says Sohan. "There are too many people living in this crowded apartment, there is not enough room."
Certainly her family appear to be hopeful that all the media attention might result in an improvement to Sohan's living conditions.
But up to now, no benefactor has been forthcoming. So Sohan continues to live a simple existence in her old age, watching television, laughing and smiling.
Her granddaughter Nuken claims she loves dancing, but Sohan says she is too old for that now.
"I can't dance, my knees hurt... But I can sing." And so she gives a gruff rendition of her favourite Kazakh song.
"With Maria's passing, the title of oldest living person reverts back to American Besse Cooper, age 114 years 299 days," Guinness said. The Georgia woman's son, Sid Cooper, said his mother was doing well at her Monroe retirement community.
"She's gained some weight, she's eating real good," he said. "Her memory is still really good. She remembers things from a long time ago and recognises people."
Guinness verified that Valentim was born on 9 July 1896, in the city of Carangola in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais, where she lived all her life.
Last month, Valentim, who was known as Grandma Quita, attributed her longevity to a healthy diet: eating a roll of bread every morning with coffee, fruit and the occasional milk with linseed.
Valentim's family told reporters she had a stubborn streak and always made a habit of minding her own business. They also said that her father lived to be 100.
State's oldest citizen never knew how to 'worry'
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Olivia Breen: OLIVIA BREEN, who has died in her 110th year, was Ireland’s oldest citizen. Her life spanned the sinking of the Titanic and the attack on the Twin Towers. She lived through the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and two world wars, as well as the Cold War.
Born in Wexford in 1901, she was one of six children of J Richard Dier and his wife Eliza (née Watchorn). Her father, a member of the Irish branch of an Anglo-Saxon family, farmed 200 acres at Coolbawn, Clonroche, and was a justice of the peace. Her mother was from Carlow.
Her brother Richard died in the Battle of the Somme, while another brother John practised medicine in Scotland, having qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Edinburgh University.
The family kept horses and rode to hounds. Her father, while in his 90th year, rode with the Bree Hunt on St Patrick’s Day, 1947. Olivia herself was a fine horsewoman, and rode regularly with the hunt.
She closely followed show-jumping, and Iris Kellett and Eddie Macken were among her favourite riders.
In 1932 she was married to Patrick Breen of Milltown, Co Kerry, and they had three sons and a daughter. The family lived for many years in Portlaw, Co Waterford, and then moved to Dublin, where her husband died in 1964. She later settled in Cork.
She embraced the many changes and developments in Irish society and was guided by a simple philosophy: “Never look back.”
Her interests included literature, and she never tired of Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters; she also enjoyed listening to radio plays. Gardening was another of her pastimes and she was very close to nature throughout her life.
She attributed her longevity to strength of spirit and a carefree attitude. “She always said she never knew the meaning of the word ‘worry’,” according to her daughter-in-law, Rose Breen.
She moved into the Care Choice nursing home, in Montenotte, Cork, in 2001, but remained active and alert, keeping herself informed of advances in technology. She said she only used a walking stick to keep the nurses happy.
She received the centenarian’s bounty from President McAleese on her 100th birthday, and each year since.
Buried in Glasnevin Cemetery with her husband, she is survived by her sons Michael, Noel and Gerard and her daughter Florence, and also her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Olivia Breen: born October 3rd, 1901; died September 18th, 2011
Laois woman who was oldest person in Ireland dies aged 108
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Mon, Sep 26, 2011
A Co Laois woman who for five days was the oldest person in Ireland has died aged 108.
Anastasia Kealy, of Balinphrase, Rathdowney, died on Friday.
Last Sunday, Olivia Breen, who was 109, died in Cork.
The oldest person in Ireland now is understood to be Katie McMenamin from Rathmullan, Co Donegal, who last month celebrated her 107th birthday.
Ms Kealy’s removal will take place this evening from her home to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, in Galmoy, arriving at 7pm.
Her funeral takes place tomorrow at 11am.
World's oldest man in Japan celebrates 116th birthday
Jiroemon Kimura, who used to be a postman, was born in western Japan in 1897
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Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura, who holds the distinction of being the world's oldest living person, is celebrating his 116th birthday on Friday.
Mr Kimura, born on 19 April 1897, is believed to be the last known man to have lived across three centuries.
He worked as a postman until he was 65 years old before taking up farming until he was 90.
Guinness World Records has certified Mr Kimura as the world's oldest living person and the oldest living man.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a video message to Mr Kimura that "it is absolutely amazing" to have his two records.
The mayor of Kyotango City in western Japan where Mr Kimura lives also dropped by for a visit.
Mr Kimura currently lives at home under the care of his grandson's widow and eats his meals thrice a day.
He has 14 grandchildren and dozens of great- and great-great grandchildren, reports say.
He is one of only 12 people in the world still alive who was born before the turn of the 20th century, says the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo.
Japan is also home to the world's oldest living woman, Misao Okawa, who is 115 years old.
'Oldest woman' in the World dies aged 115
Sant Kaur Bajwa
Sant Kaur Bajwa, who is believed to be have been the oldest woman in the world, died on Friday
A woman believed to be the world's oldest person has died at the age of 115 years and 199 days.
Sant Kaur Bajwa, from Southall, west London, was born on 1 January 1898 in Pakistan, according to her passport. She has lived in the UK since 1969.
Her family said they believed she was the oldest person, however they have not had this officially verified.
The Guinness World Records said to verify a claim, it needed to see a birth certificate and a passport.
Her grandson Sanjeev Singh Rai said: "Back in the day I don't know if they even issued birth certificates, but her passport has her birth date down as 1 January, 1898."
Up until her death on Friday, Ms Bajwa was believed to be the oldest person in the world.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest surviving person is Misao Okawa, from Japan, who is 115 years and 99 days old.
Grace Jones, who is 113, is the oldest person in the UK, according to Guinness.
Secret to longevity
Ms Bajwa lived through three centuries, two world wars and the India-Pakistan partition.
"That was a really difficult time for her," her grandson Sukhinda Singh Rai told the BBC.
"To be uprooted from where she was born in Sialkot in Pakistan to Gurdaspur in India was hard."
Although Ms Bajwa's children died before her, she is survived by 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Her husband, Munsha Singh, was killed after just six years of marriage, which meant she had to bring three children up on her own.
Sant Kaur Bajwa with her great grandchildren
Sant Kaur Bajwa is survived by 12 grandchildren
Then, in 1972, her daughter died from cancer, leaving her to care for her daughter's four children, including twin boys.
Mr Rai said: "As far back as I can remember she was my mother.
"My twin and I didn't know any different. She looked after us diligently."
The family put their grandmother's longevity down to a healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as her Sikh faith.
Son-in-law, Ajit Sing, who is now 86, remembers her visits to the local Sikh temple.
"She was God-fearing woman who worshipped daily and went to the gurdwara to offer prayers."
Charlene, the oldest great-grandchild said "she was the glue that has kept our incredibly large family together".
Eleven-year-old Pasha said: "Although it's sad that Granny has passed away but I want to celebrate her long life."
'World's oldest person' found in South Africa
Johanna Mazibuko (R) and her son Tseko Mazibuko
Johanna Mazibuko, who has had seven children, lives with her 77-year-old son
At 119 years old Johanna Mazibuko, who lives in small town south-west of Johannesburg, could be the world's oldest person.
Ms Mazibuko was born in 1894, according to her identity papers, and has outlived five of her seven children.
"God gave my life in abundance, plus a bonus. I am very old now," she told South Africa's Sowetan newspaper.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest living person is Misao Okawa, from Japan, who is 115.
Ms Mazibuko shares her house in Klerksdorp, which is about 160km (100 miles) south-west of Johannesburg, with her 77-year-old son, Tseko Mazibuko, who is also a pensioner.
According to the Sowetan, Ms Mazibuko prides herself on still being able to make her bed every morning.
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World's oldest people
Oldest person and woman recorded in history: Jeanne Calment, France, died 4 August 1997 aged 122
Oldest man recorded in history: Jiroemon Kimura, Japan, died 12 June 2013 aged 116
Oldest living person and woman: Misao Okawa, Japan, 115
Oldest living man: Salustiano Sanchez, born in Spain lives in the US, 112
Source: Gerontology Research Group and Guinness World Records
"I'm doing alright," she said.
Her ID book, issued in 1986, shows her date of birth as 11 May 1894, the Sowetan reports.
South Africa's home affairs ministry has not confirmed the authenticity of Ms Mazibuko's identity documents, but the AFP news agency says it has seen a copy of them.
Ms Mazibuko, the oldest of 10 siblings, reportedly cooks, dresses herself, does the laundry and watches television.
"She is able to move on her own but cannot stand for a long time. She gets dizzy," her son told the Sowetan.
Ms Mazibuko has lived through British colonialism, apartheid and the era of democracy led by Nelson Mandela, who was elected South Africa's president in 1994.
The oldest person recorded in history was Jeanne Calment from France who died 4 August 1997 aged 122.
Bananas, pain killers do trick for world's oldest man
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A US drug company said Friday it was considering a banana-flavored version of its pain reliever after the world's oldest man attributed his longevity to the fruit and the drug.
Spanish-born Salustiano "Shorty" Sanchez-Blazquez, a 112-year-old former coal miner who lives close to Niagara Falls in upstate New York, was named by Guinness World Records as the oldest certified man on the planet Thursday.
He succeeded Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who died on June 12 at the age of 116. According to Guinness, Sanchez-Blazquez is currently the only male born in 1901 with proof of birth.
From his birthplace in Spain, he moved at 17 to Cuba, where he worked on sugar plantations, before arriving in the United States via the iconic immigration center on Ellis Island in 1920.
After working as a miner in Kentucky, he eventually settled in the Niagara area, close to the border with Canada.
In a statement, he said he believed he had lived to such an old age thanks to a daily dose of a banana and six tablets of Anacin, a branded pain-reliever that includes aspirin and caffeine.
That naturally delighted Anacin's manufacturer Insight Pharmaceuticals.
"Historically, apples are the fruit most associated with staying healthy and avoiding doctors," said marketing vice-president Jennifer Moyer.
"Our scientists had never looked into the banana before. But now that the certified oldest man in the world credits bananas and Anacin as his life-extending combo, we're certainly going to explore whether a new 'Bananacin' product makes sense."
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China’s Alimihan Seyiti (127) claimed as world’s oldest woman
Kashgar woman awaits global recognition of her longevity
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Alimihan Seyiti, who was born in 1886, during the latter years of the Qing dynasty. She said her long life may have something to do with her habit of drinking cold water all year round, and her relatively youthful appearance was down to “washing her face”. Photograph: xjdail.com
A 127-year-old woman living in Kashgar in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang has been named by the Geriatric Society of China (GSC) as the world’s oldest woman and is now awaiting global recognition of her longevity.
Alimihan Seyiti was born on June 25th, 1886, during the latter years of the Qing dynasty. She said her long life may have something to do with her habit of drinking cold water all year round and her relatively youthful appearance was down to “washing her face”.
Relatives told the Global Times newspaper that she was considered the village’s most eligible young woman when she was married at 17. “Back then I had quite a few suitors,” she said.
She was hailed as China’s oldest supercentenarian in June by the GSC following the death of Luo Meizhen in Guangxi Zhuang region, who was born in 1885.
Ms Seyiti prides herself on being able to shop at the local bazaar in the largely Muslim area and visit friends without help. She also enjoys telling jokes and singing traditional Uighur love songs.
Ms Seyiti did not have children of her own, but has an adopted daughter and son. She lives with her adopted daughter and has 40 grand- and great- grandchildren. “My favourite is my 15-year-old great-grandson. He comes to visit me every week,” she told the paper.
She comes from a very long- lived region. Wang Feng, deputy director of the GSC, claims there are eight centenarians in Shule county, which has a population of just below 300,000.
“We will nominate Shule county as a Chinese longevity cluster this October when China’s top-10 oldest people will be announced,” Mr Wang said.
It is a hotly contested title. Fu Suqing, from Chengdu, is waiting for Guinness World Record officials to approve her request after the previous bearer, Jiroemon Kimura, died in June aged 116.
Meanwhile in Bolivia it is reported that a man living in a remote village in the Andes is 123 years old. According to baptism records, Carmelo Flores Laura, who lives in a straw- roofed hut in the village of Frasquia near Lake Titicaca, was born on July 16th, 1890.
A supercentenarian is considered verified only if the claim has been validated by recognised international institutions such as the Gerontology Research Group or Guinness World Records.
Quinoa, mushrooms and coca: Bolivian says ancient Andean diet has kept him alive for 123 years
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By Santiago Limachi, Reuters
FRASQUIA, Bolivia — Bolivian indigenous farmer Carmelo Flores, who could be the oldest person to have ever lived, attributes his longevity to quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves.
Speaking in the 4,000-meter high hamlet where he lives in a straw-roofed hut, Flores says the traditional Andean diet has kept him alive for 123 years.
"Potatoes with quinoa are delicious," said Flores in Aymara, the only language the nearly deaf man speaks.
It is impossible to verify Flores' age as the poor, landlocked South American country only started issuing official birth certificates in 1940.
But he says his baptism certificate lists his birthday as July 16, 1890 and he has national identity documents based on the certificate.
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Bolivia's Civil Registry Office says it is looking into the validity of the documents and cannot comment until the investigation is completed.
Still, many in Bolivia are already celebrating Flores' longevity. A local government official plans to award him the title of "Living Heritage of Humanity" on August 26.
The title of oldest human being ever to have lived belongs to France's Jeanne Calment, who died at the age of 122 in 1997, according to the Guinness World Records organization. Guinness did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Flores.
While Flores is still strong enough to take daily walks in shoes made of recycled tires, he spends most of his time laying on a blanket watching village life go by.
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Carmelo Flores Laura, a native Aymara, sits outside his home in the village of Frasquia, Bolivia, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.
But his life was not always as sedentary. Flores said he fought in the brutal 1932-35 Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay, and had to hunt skunks to nourish himself.
He also briefly lived in La Paz, 50 miles away, but never took to the bustling capital.
"My father told me that he felt like he was in jail, locked up with a key," said Flores' only living son Cecilio, 67, who cares for him. "He ... just wanted to return to his land."
Back in his village of Frasquia, Flores is something of a loner now that his generational peers have long since died.
"Everyone who lived here has already died, men and women, I am the only who is still alive. Even my wife died," he said.
"I don't know how long I shall live," he adds. "Only God knows. He'll tell me if I will die or keep living."