Five People Are Still Alive Who Were Born in the 1800s. And They’re All Women.

| January 13, 2015 | 1 Comment

Well, women must be doing something right. The web lit up this week with stories about the last living people who were born in the 1800s—all women. And three of the five live in the United States.
It’s remarkable to think about what these women have witnessed in their lives. They were born before the world had airplanes, television, the Internet. There is an archetypal figure known as the “crone,” and the word has come to mean much more than the old woman in a fairy tale. A crone is a wise, elderly woman who has otherworldly knowledge. Think about what you know and understand now, compared to what you knew and understood 20 years ago. Now imagine yourself 50 years or more from now, and think about all the wisdom and experience you would have.
What are their secrets? Read on to find their tips for living a long, healthy, and fruitful life.

wolrds-oldest-person-misao-okawa-3 Misao Okawa of Japan, born March 5, 1898, is the oldest living person in the world, as well as in Japan. She turned 116 last year and was still doing leg squats until she was 102. Her secret to longevity? Good genes, regular sleep, exercise—and eating sushi.

wolrds-oldest-person-emma-morano__880 Emma Morano of Italy, born November 29, 1899, is the youngest of these supercentenarians but the oldest living European. Amazingly, she still lives independently, taking care of herself and her home in Northern Italy. She, too, says sleep is very important to good health, along with eating one raw egg (and one cooked egg) every day. Morano’s daily routine also includes a glass of homemade brandy.

wolrds-oldest-person-jaralean-talley-2 Jaralean Talley of Inkster, Michigan, was born May 23, 1899. Talley’s secret to longevity and good health is to stay active. She bowled until she was 104, mowed her own lawn until she was 105, and goes on annual fishing trips. She bagged seven catfish on her 2013 fishing trip. She also lives by the “Golden Rule,” treating others the way you’d like to be treated.

wolrds-oldest-person-gertrude-weaver__880 Gertrude Weaver, of Camden, Arkansas, was born July 4, 1898. She is the second-oldest living person in the world, and the oldest living resident of the United States. Weaver enjoys manicures, Bible study, and wheelchair dancing (three times a week). But the thing she credits for her long and happy life is “kindness.”

wolrds-oldest-person-susannah-mushatt-jones__880-1 Susannah Mushatt Jones, of Brooklyn, New York, was born July 6, 1899. A bright and promising student, she was accepted to the Tuskegee Institute after high school, but her family couldn’t afford it. Jones had no children herself, so she helped finance college for her nieces and nephews. Jones longevity may be due to her not smoking and not drinking, but her favorite foods are barbecue chicken and bacon.



Of all the living “supercentenarians,” people who have attained the age of 110 years, most of them are female. There are 62 such people who have been verified by the Gerentology Research Group, although there are many others who have pending claims, and of those 62 there are 60 females and just two males. Even the average life expectancy for women is a few years longer than it is for men. Why do you think that is, and what are you doing to stay healthy and live longer?

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Deb is the editor of Telluride Magazine and the web editor for Women's Adventure. She believes the secret to a happy life is enjoying the uphill slog, paddling out, and the journey as much as you relish the downhill, riding the wave, and the destination.

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  1. Linda says:

    Women are more open to life’s changes than men. The words “Resistance is Futile” is very real. Men have more resistance to life in general than women. So there you have it – Women go with the flow.

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