Secrets of super-centenarians
Both Cooper and Manfredini reached impressive ages, but the all-time longevity record is held by Frenchwoman Jeanne Clement. Prior to her death at age 122, Clement was the first person ever documented to have topped 120 years of age.
According to the Houston Chronicle, when asked to divulge the secrets of her lengthy life, Clement was famous for replying, “God must have forgotten me.”
French legends have her riding a bicycle up until she officially earned her centenarian status, using olive oil liberally (both on her food and her skin), and consuming several pounds of chocolate per week.
Whatever their secrets, the longevity and relatively good quality of life of these women inspires awe in aging experts and the general public alike.
Discover what science has to say about the secrets of leading a long, healthy life.