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World's 'oldest' person

 
Good Golly
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World's 'oldest' person in Israel
By Martin Patience
BBC News, Jisr az-Zarqa
15 February 2008
With an arm wrapped round her great- great-granddaughter, Mariam Amash bathes the latest addition to her family.

She offers Islamic blessings for the week-old baby - a traditional Arabic custom.

It is a ritual that Mrs Amash has performed many times in her life.

According to Mrs Amash, she was born 120 years ago - a claim, if confirmed, that would make her the oldest person in the world.

The Guinness Book of Records currently lists 114-year-old Edna Parker of Shelbyville, Indiana, as holding the title.

But Mrs Amash - who lives in the predominantly Arab town of Jisr az-Zarqa in northern Israel - views her rival as a relative youngster.

Huge family

"Yes, I am the oldest person in the world," she says, her family crowding around her.

"I eat, I drink, and I take showers. I hope to keep going for another 10 years."

Mrs Amash has 10 children, 120 grandchildren, 250 great-grandchildren, and 30 great-great-grandchildren, according to relatives.

The discovery that she may be the oldest person in the world came by chance when she applied for a new Israeli identity card.


They (younger generations) drink too much Arak
Mariam Amash

The Israeli authorities say they issued the identity card based on a birth document issued by the Turkish authorities who ruled the region at the time.

Mrs Amash, of Bedouin descent, says that the secret to her longevity is a healthy diet - she eats lots of vegetables.

For all her years, she is remarkably sprightly.

A devout Muslim, Mrs Amash has made five pilgrimages to Mecca, the last trip in 1990, relatives say.

Long-term memory

"She rises every morning around five for prayers," says one of her grandsons, Majid Amash, 46, an engineer.

"She then goes for a walk and then spends most of her day with the family. She recognises all of us."

But, he adds, her grandmother's long-term memory is fuzzy.

For her part, Mrs Amash has one piece of cautionary advice for younger generations.

"They drink too much Arak (an Arabic alcoholic drink)," she says.

In order for Mrs Amash to be officially declared the oldest person in the World she must submit documentation to the Guinness Book of Records.

A spokesman in London for the publication says the family has yet to do that.
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According to data contained in Venezuela's electoral roll, Josefa Molina Lantz, ID 4.256.486, will turn 177 years on April 30, 2008today, smashing all previously reported records. The venerable lady, born 30 of April 1831, presumably native of Barinas as president Hugo Chavez, whose last contribution towards her pension was made on 19th of July 1980 when she was 149 years old, also makes her the world's oldest registered worker. In sum two world records that will surely make Chavez's XXI century socialist regime proud.But this supernatural longevity is not exclusive of Ms Lanz. In the month of April 2006 the following Venezuelans celebrated their more-than-a-century birthdays: Pablo Sebastian Rios Hernandez turned 147 only a couple of days ago; Isabel Varela Buceta turned 146 and so did Pedro Alfonso Chitu Chaumes; Maria Gladys del Carmen Moreno de Salas celebrated her 136 birthday; Jose Antonio Sandoval Barrientos his 134th; the list is rather long, perhaps the United Nations Development Programme would be interested in conducting research in Venezuela to determine the causes of such phenomenal longevity amongst its people, not least considering that these people seem to be very active in spite of their age.An age of 120-125 years old has been claimed and, in some cases, documented for more than two dozen people world wide.Ages over 110 become increasingly hard to prove for the fact that some parents pas their names onto their children and identities become jumbled and people move. Record keeping in those times was often poor at best.Turtles and certain birds, the McCaws(large parrots) in particular, have been verified to have lived in the range of 200 years, so it is not impossible that humans may reach that stage with proper care and diet. Certain amino acid and caloric restriction has been proven to slow down the aging process, but those are not the only factors. It was once believed that kidneys donated from an 80 year old to say a 25 year old would not be able to function at a capacity for a more youthful body, but it was found that kidneys donated in that manner, regained their more youthful capacity, so something in the blood is altered to cause aging, most likely a hormone/hormones.
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"I eat, I drink, and I take showers."





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This happens from time to time.

Some cultures think great age is the same as great wisdom, and past a certain age (around sixty or so) it is a good thing to be old.

The older, the "wiser".

And, some people really are old enough to have lived in times of poor and inaccurate record keeping, and may even be illiterate enough to have had only a sketchy idea of what their own documents said.

So, with just a little prompting, 98 year olds are suddenly a hundred and twenty, 105 year olds are even older and so on.

Then again, the world is large and varied, somewhere their is bound to be someone that just lives.
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When she dies, they had better question that 114-year-old in Indiana. I'd be really suspicious.
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