Did you know the world still has super centenarians (persons who have lived to the age of 110 or more), something only achieved by about one in 1,000 centenarians? It might be shocking, but yes some bunch who were born in the 1800s are still living on earth. People well-over hundred even though ordinary centenarians seem scarce now. These oldest women — ’cause yeah, they’re all women have lived through countless wars, the sinking of the Titanic, historical events, the space race, world without airplanes, unpaved roads and much more.
Decade by decade they have seen the world change and adapt. They have gathered wisdom that could hold the tips to human survival and their perspectives about the world are even more unique and extraordinary than we can think of. What is more outstanding is that these women don’t look their ages and they are still very strong.
Click through to see the five oldest people in the globe and the candid tips of some of them for living a long, long life.
5. Goldie Steinberg
114 years, 257 days
Goldie Steinberg was born on October 30, 1900. She is the world’s fifth oldest person alive, and also the second oldest living person in the United States. She is also the oldest person ever born in Moldova and the oldest validated Jewish person in history after surpassing fellow American Evelyn Kozak’s age of 113 years and 301 days on August 28, 2014. She has two children, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren as at her 113th birthday. She lives in Long Beach, New York.
She was asked for the secret of her longevity at her 113th birthday, Mrs. Steinberg commented, “My father was always an honest and giving person and that is how I lived my whole life.”
4. Nabi Tajima
Age: 114 years, 344 days
Nabi Tajima was born on August 4, 1900 making her the world’s fourth oldest living person, and the second oldest living person in Japan behind an anonymous woman from Tokyo. As of September 2011, she had 9 children (7 sons and 2 daughters), 28 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and 35 great-great-grandchildren.
3. Violet Brown
Age: 115 years, 126 days
Violet Brown was born on 10 March 1900. She is the oldest verified person ever in Jamaica and also the last living former subject of Queen Victoria. She is the third-oldest verified living person in the world. Her date of birth however, was officially recognized as 10 March 1900 by the Gerontology Research Group in 2014.
2. Emma Morano-Martinuzzi
Age: 115 years, 227 days
Emma Morano-Martinuzzi is the 2nd oldest person in the world and the oldest in Europe. She was born on November 29, 1899 – 115 years old days before the turn of century in November 1899. She is among the oldest people going strong in the age of computers and the Internet. According to her statements, her slightly uncommon diet is the key reason for her longevity. Morano-Martinuzzi says that a doctor once advised her when she was just 20 to have one raw and one cooked egg everyday, which she does to this day. She also told an Italian newspaper, La Stampa that she keeps her dinner light, having just a glass of milk. Plus, she gets enough sleep as she follows the old adage of early to bed, early to rise. She goes to bed at around 7 p.m and wakes up just before 6 a.m.
1. Susannah Mushatt Jones
Age: 116, 8 days
Susannah Mushatt Jones is the oldest person on earth. She was born on July 6, 1899 and even at 116, Mushatt Jones is as lively as ever. Susannah’s 116th birthday was On July 6th, 2015. She loves to take bacon, scrambled eggs and grits for breakfast daily– not really a prescrption for long life, you’d think. Apart from her blindness as a result of glaucoma, the only health impediment she is medicated for is blood pressure. According to TIME, she’s also reported to have a natural liking for lacy lingerie. “You can never get too old to wear fancy stuff,” she said. She has lived in New York City since 1923 and by so doing she might be called a hipster, she was there first. She is the oldest verified person alive around the globe.