The World's Oldest People

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They should fight it out to decide which of them is the oldest.

Britain's two oldest men are marking their 111th birthdays.

Alf Smith, from St Madoes, Perthshire, and Bob Weighton, from Alton, Hampshire, were both born on 29 March 1908.

Mr Weighton, who grew up in Hull, said he had requested not to have a birthday card from the Queen in order to save public funds.

The men have never met but have exchanged birthday cards in recent years. It is not known which of them was born first.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-47744752

Alas Alf has shuffled off this mortal coil.

Scotland's oldest man, Alfred Smith, has died at the age of 111.

Mr Smith, known as Alf, celebrated his last birthday on 29 March, the same day as Britain's other oldest man, Robert Weighton. The former lorry driver and farmer, from St Madoes, Perthshire, died on Saturday night.

Councillor Eric Drysdale paid tribute to Mr Smith, who credited porridge and having an enjoyable job for his long life. The SNP Perth and Kinross councillor tweeted: "Sad to hear this morning that Scotland's oldest man, Perth and Kinross based Alf Smith of St Madoes has passed way aged 111 years and 128 days.

"When he was 100 he bought a new washing machine and decided on a 10 year extended warranty! Optimism seems to be the key to a long life.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-49226895
 

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The frequency of supercentenarians in certain areas is cause for suspicion, leading to suggestions many of the world's allegedly oldest people aren't really as old as claimed ...
The World's Oldest People Might Not Be As Old As We Think

What's the secret to a superlong life? Ask someone who's had one, and they'll say it's their daily glass of whiskey, avoiding men, or eating delicious things. But a new study suggests the secret instead could be exaggeration and a touch of fraud. At least, that could explain the handful of regions around the world known as "blue zones," where residents famously live well past 100.

Sardinia, Italy, and Okinawa, Japan, are among these blue zones. Both of these regions have one thing in common (aside from their quaint seaside villages): a remarkably high number of supercentenarians, or residents who live past 110 years. But there's a catch. One would expect communities within these blue zones to have high life expectancies. In fact, the opposite is true. These regions that boast some of the oldest people in the world also have some of the lowest life expectancies, the new study, published to the preprint journal BioRXiv on July 16, finds. ...

So what gives? ...

To understand what might be causing this discrepancy, it's helpful to look at the United States as a case study. At the end of the 19th century, the U.S. boasted a much larger population of supercentenarians. But around the turn of the 20th century, that number steadily decreased. That pattern had nothing to do with deterioration in the country's health. In fact, the overall life expectancy was steadily increasing around that time (and continued to do so, even as the number of supercentenarians dropped). Instead, what has changed is our record-keeping habits. More specifically, they got a lot better.

Across the U.S., states started recording vital information — using birth and death certificates — at different times. Each time a state began formally recording births, the number of people over 110 mysteriously dropped off by 69% to 82%, the study author found.

That means that for every 10 recorded supercentenarians, seven or eight were younger than records said they were, Vox reported. That doesn't mean that they were lying — but it does mean that due to error, supercentenarians are probably a lot less common than we think, especially in areas with poor record keeping. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/oldest-people-may-not-be-so-old.html
 

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The oldest living American has passed away ...
The oldest living American, Alelia Murphy of New York, has died at 114

Alelia Murphy, a 114-year-old former seamstress who'd been recognized as the oldest living American, has died.

Murphy, a New Yorker who was drawn to the city by the Harlem Renaissance, died Saturday, confirmed her granddaughter, Nefer Nekhet. ...

The cause of Murphy's death was not immediately available.

Murphy was 114 years, 140 days when she died, the Gerontology Research Group verified. With her passing, the group lists Hester Ford of North Carolina, who also was born in 1905, as the oldest living American. The world's oldest person is Kane Tanaka of Japan at 116 years old, it says. ...
SOURCE: https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/28/us/oldest-american-alelia-murphy-dies-trnd/index.html
 

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Newport sisters could be Wales' oldest siblings

She may be turning 100 years old - but Lil Thomas is still the youngster when it comes to her sister.
Lil, of Newport, has just become a centenarian, following in the footsteps of her 108-year-old sister, Amy Winifred Hawkin.
With a combined age of 208, they are thought to be among the oldest living sisters in Wales.
Between them, they have received six birthday cards from the Queen.
Both sisters have received one to mark their 100th, while Amy - known as Win - was also sent a card when she turned 105 and has had one every year since.
Born a year after the end of World War One, Lil was Wales' first female bus conductor in World War Two between her career as an entertainer.
Having grown up in the Pillgwenlly area of the city, she was a natural performer.
"I was fortunate to have a pitch perfect voice at the age of two," she said.
"It was like Katherine Jenkins - but just not trained."
(C) BBC'19
 
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