Smoking, Drinking, and a love of Chocolate. Only lived to 122! But she finally gave it up…GUESS WHAT AGE?
A supercentenarian is considered ‘verified’ when a recognized international body such Guinness World Records does the fact checking. Jeanne Calment of France (1875–1997), who died at age 122 years, 164 days. When she was about 12 she met Vincent van Gogh, and at age 110 she became a media “darling. The documentation for Calment’s age is beyond question and her birth certificate is in the records of her native city, Arles, France.
At age 85 she took up fencing, and rode her bike until she was 100! After she started a small fire in her house due to failing eye sight at age 110 she moved to a nursing home; and remained in good shape until she fell at age 114 and fractured her femur which required surgery.
Calment attributed her longevity and youthful appearance to her diet rich in olive oil, a diet of port wine and about 2 lbs of chocolate every week! She took up smoking at age 21 and continued smoking no more than two cigarettes a day until she was 117! Her outlook was calm, and as she once quipped, “That’s why they call me Calment.” Calment remained remained mentally sharp until her very end.
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