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Americans Becoming New Longevity Record Setters: 14 of Oldest 30

Twenty of oldest 30 people in the world are from U.S. or Japan

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

Sept. 8, 2005 – Americans have generally not been noted for setting longevity records. The oldest people seem to usually be in Japan or a colder region, like Sweden or Norway. All of a sudden, that appears to be changing with Americans now representing almost half of the 30 oldest people in the world and holding the top three positions in the rankings. Only two men are on the list - one American and one Puerto Rican.

 

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There are actually 14 U.S. citizens in the top 30 list maintained by the Gerontology Research Group. The first three are U.S. women from the South - Elizabeth "Lissie" Bolden, 115, Tennessee; Bettie Wilson, 114, Mississippi, and Susie Gibson, 114, Mississippi.

   
  Emiliano del Toro - oldest man  

In fourth place is Emiliano Mercado del Toro, who is from Puerto Rico, an independent territory of the U.S. He is also the oldest living man and oldest U.S. army veteran.

Right behind him is another North American woman, Julie Winnefred Bertran of Canada.

The only other man in the top 30 is an American, Moses Hardy, 112, of Mississippi. His rank is number 12.

"Lizzie" Bolden, was 115 years and 14 days old, when she officially became the oldest living person and woman in the world on Aug. 30, 2005, according to an announcement by the Guinness World Records. The previous title holder, Hendrikje Van Andel-Schipper of the Netherlands, died in her sleep at 2 a.m. that day. She was 115 years and 62 days old. Read more...

Bolden now oldest person. Photo by Dave Darnell, Memphis Commercial Appeal

Although the U.S. does hold 14 of the top slots - 15 if we count del Toro - Japan is still notable with six of the top 30 spots. So, 20 of the 30 oldest people in the world are from the U.S. and Japan.

(See the chart below for the entire top 30 list)

The Supercentenarian list - anyone who has lived to be 110 years or older - by the Gerontology Research Group, on Sept. 8, 2005, recognized 69 Validated Living Supercentenarians - 63 Women and 6 Men. The all time high, earlier this year, was 71.

In March, the U.S. Census Bureau released estimates for July 1, 2004 showing the number of Americans 85 and older has increased by 14.6 percent since the 2000 census. All persons 65 and older increased by only 3.72% and the total population grew by 4.35 percent. Read more... see senior population numbers by state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also released a report in March - “Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2003” - showing life expectancy in the U.S. had reached 77.6 years in 2003, up from 77.3 in 2002. Read more...

 

 

 Sept. 2, 2005

 

 

 

AGE

 

 

 

 

Birthplace

Residence

Name

Born

 

Years

Days

Race

Sex

1

U.S. (TN)

U.S. (TN)

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bolden

Aug. 15, 1890

 

115*

18*

B

F

2

U.S. (MS)

U.S. (MS)

Bettie Wilson

Sept. 13, 1890

 

114*

354*

B

F

3

U.S. (MS)

U.S. (AL)

Susie Gibson

Oct. 31, 1890

 

114*

306*

W

F

4

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Emiliano Mercado del Toro

Aug. 21, 1891

 

114*

12*

H

M

5

Canada (Que)

Canada (Que)

Julie Winnefred Bertrand

Sept. 16, 1891

 

113*

351*

W

F

6

Italy

Italy

Virginia Dighero-Zolezzi

Dec. 24, 1891

 

113*

252*

W

F

7

France

France

Camille Loiseau

Feb. 13, 1892

 

113*

201*

W

F

8

U.S. (PA)

U.S. (PA)

M. Gladys Swetland

Apr. 18, 1892

 

113*

137*

W

F

9

India

Scotland

Lucy D'Abreu

May 24, 1892

 

113*

101*

IW

F

10

Reunion (FR)

Reunion (FR)

Julia Sinedia-Cazour

July 12, 1892

 

113*

52*

B

F

11

Japan

Japan

Yone Minagawa

Jan. 4, 1893

 

112*

241*

O

F

12

U.S. (MS)

U.S. (MS)

Moses Hardy

Jan. 6, 1893

 

112*

239*

B

M

13

Japan

Japan

Tane Kominie

Mar. 18, 1893

 

112*

168*

O

F

14

Japan

Japan

Waki Muneta

Mar. 22, 1893

 

112*

164*

O

F

15

U.S. (IL)

U.S. (AZ)

Lydia Newton

Mar. 23, 1893

 

112*

163*

W

F

16

U.S. (IN)

U.S. (IN)

Edna Parker

Apr. 20, 1893

 

112*

135*

W

F

17

U.S. (VA)

U.S. (VA)

Grace Jones

June 4, 1893

 

112*

90*

W

F

18

U.S. (NY)

U.S. (CA)

Marion Higgins

June 26, 1893

 

112*

68*

W

F

19

France

France

Lucie Pere-Pucheu

Aug. 13, 1893

 

112*

20*

W

F

20

Portugal

Portugal

Maria de Jesus

Sept. 10, 1893

 

111*

357*

W

F

21

Italy

Italy

Giulia Sani-Casagli

Sept. 15, 1893

 

111*

352*

W

F

22

Japan

Japan

Fuji Nozawa

Sept. 20, 1893

 

111*

347*

O

F

23

Japan

Japan

Naka Morii

Sept. 27, 1893

 

111*

340*

O

F

24

U.S. (PA)

U.S. (OH)

Mary Margaret Smith

Oct. 7, 1893

 

111*

330*

W

F

25

Italy

Italy

Serafina Naccarato-Magliocchi

Oct. 10, 1893

 

111*

327*

W

F

26

U.S. (NE)

U.S. (CA)

Rosabell Fenstermaker

Nov. 4, 1893

 

111*

302*

W

F

27

U.S. (KS)

U.S. (NE)

Agnes Ferron

Nov. 13, 1893

 

111*

293*

W

F

28

U.S. (NE)

U.S. (NE)

Helen Stetter

Nov. 18, 1893

 

111*

288*

W

F

29

U.S. (IN)

U.S. (IN)

Bertha Fry

Dec. 1, 1893

 

111*

275*

W

F

30

Japan

Japan

Shizuko Oyama

Dec. 8, 1893

 

111*

268*

O

F

 

 

Oldest People Ever

 
 

Oldest Woman/Person Ever
The oldest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years and 164 days, by Jeanne-Louise Calment. She was born in France on February 21, 1875, and died at a nursing home in Arles, southern France on August 4, 1997. See the Guinness World Record report – click here.

Oldest Man Ever
The greatest age to which any man has ever lived is 120 years 237 days in the case of Shigechiyo Izumi (Japan) of Isen on Tokunoshima, an island 1,320 km (820 miles) south-west of Tokyo, Japan. He was born at Isen on 29 June 1865 and was recorded as a 6-year-old in Japan's first census of 1871. He died at 12:15 GMT on 21 February 1986 after developing pneumonia.

 

Links:

Gerontology Research Group - http://grg.org/

Supercentenarian Rankings - http://grg.org/Adams/E.HTM

 

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