Who is the oldest person in the world?
These days, more and more people are living to see their 100th birthday, as life expectancy around the world increases.
A 2021 study determined that the maximum possible human lifespan is between 120 and 150 years, however, very few of us are likely to make it that far.
On January 17 2023, nun Lucile Randon, who held the Guinness World for the world’s oldest person sadly passed away, aged 118.
So just who is the oldest person in the world now?
Let’s find out.
Who is the oldest living person in the world?
According to Guinness World Records, following the death of Randon, on January 17, Maria Branyas Morera is now the oldest person alive.
Spaniard Branyas Morera is currently 115 years and 320 days old, making her a supercentenarian (the name given to anyone over 110 years of age).
However, there are a few unverified claims to Branyas Morera’s title.
South African woman Johanna Mazibuko, who holds ID papers which say she was born in 1894, turned 128 in May 2022.
Meanwhile Brazilian great-grandmother Maria Gomes dos Reis allegedly reached the age of 122 in June 2022.
Branyas Morera was born in San Francisco in 1907 to an expatriate Catalan family, but later relocated to Barcelona with her mother and sister, after her father died from tuberculosis.
During the Spanish civil war, she worked as a nurse alongside her doctor husband Joan Moret, with whom she had three children.
Since 2000, Branyas Morera has lived in a nursing home in Catalonia and in March 2020, she became the oldest person to recover from Covid 19.
Following her recovery, in a interview with The Observer, she called for better treatment of the elderly: ‘This pandemic has revealed that older people are the forgotten ones of our society.
‘They fought their whole lives, sacrificed time and their dreams for today’s quality of life. They didn’t deserve to leave the world in this way’
Who is the oldest person of all time?
The only person verified to have lived past 120 was French citizen Jeanne Calment, who lived for 122 years and 164 days before her death in 1997.
Jeanne, who was born in 1875, outlived both her daughter and grandson, and was declared the oldest person ever to have lived in 1995.
Again, there are other unverified contenders for this title, including 128-year-old Johanna from South Africa.
Another woman, Francisca Susano, was reportedly aged 124 at the time of her November 2021 death.
Francisca, affectionately known as Lola Iska, was believed to have been born in the Philippines in 1897.
Local government officials said she was the oldest person in the world, surpassing the previous record-holder by two years.
It is thought Guinness World Records were examining documents as recently as September 2021, but she died before they could independently verify her age.
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