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Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest woman at 117

Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest woman at 117

Happy birthday to Misao Okawa, the world's oldest person, who turns 117 today!

Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest woman at 117

 The world’s oldest woman, Misao Okawa from Japan, has passed away at 117.

A month earlier there was a televised celebration from her nursing home commemorating her 117th birthday.

Not only is Misao the world’s oldest person- (a title she’s held since June of 2013 – but she is also being labelled the world’s “coolest, most chilled” person too.

According to reports, Okawa was born in 1898. That makes her one of the five documented people in the entire world who was born in the 1800s and still alive today.

To put this in perspective for you, she was born before the invention of the airplane and has lived through two World Wars. That’s pretty amazing, don’t you think?

But when asked about her age, Misao told local reporters that it had “seemed rather short.”

She was also quite nonchalant when asked what she thoguht was the secret to her longevity: “I wonder about that too,” she remarked.

Misao married her husband, Yukio, in 1919, and has three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1931.

According to her Osaka nursing home, there is no doubt Misao has slowed down in recent months, but still eats well and is healthy.

It’s not surprising that the oldest woman hails from Japan. The country has the highest number of centenarians, people over 100 years of age, of any country in the world, 58,000 of them to be exact.

Interestingly, 87 per cent of the centenarians are women.

Okawa is from an area in Japan where it’s relatively common for people to live long and healthy lives, thanks in part to healthy diets, exercise, and plenty of sunshine.

Here are the secrets to a long life, as revealed by some of the world’s centenarians in recent years:

“Believe in the Lord,” says the third-oldest American Susannah Mushatt Jones, 115, from brooklyn.

• “Pork,” says the second-oldest American, Jeralean Talley, 115. Her signature dish is hog’s head cheese (pigs’ ears and feet in a jelly stock).

“Kindness,” said the oldest American, Gertrude Weaver of Camden, Arkansas, said after her 116th birthday.

“Massaging your feet in olive oil,” says 11-year-old Bernando LaPallo of Mesa, Arizona.

“Staying away from men and eating porridge,” was Scottish 109-year-old Jessie Gallan’s advice.

• “Get up at 5:00 am everyday and do five to seven push-ups,” says Duranord Veillard, a 108-year-old from Spring Valley, New York who has been happily married to his wife Jeanne for 82 years.

“Don’t drink alcohol,” says Alexander Imich of New York City, formerly known as the world’s oldest man.

• “Sun-bathing,” said the former oldest man in Japan, Jiroemon Kimura, on his 115th birthday.

• “Eating raw eggs,” said 115-year-old Emma Morano-Martinuzzi of Verbania, Italy.

“Knitting is a good way of getting along in life,” said Alfred Date, a 109-year-old Australian man. Recently, he made headlines after knitting sweaters for injured penguins.

“Drink lots of coffee,” said, Downing Jett Kay of Baltimore during her 107th birthday celebrations

“Add whiskey to your morning coffee and smoke 12 cigars a day,” was Richard Overton, the oldest living veteran, advice on his 107th birthday.

“I’ve never been to a beauty shop and I’ve never been vain.” said Adelina Domingues of San Diego when she turned 114.

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