12 Secrets of People Who've Lived to 100
Emma Morano, who was the world's oldest person until she passed in April 2017, said ending her abusive marriage in 1938 contributed to her longevity. "I didn't want to be dominated by anyone," she told The New York Times. Morano, who lived in the northern Italian city of Verbania, also had a few unusual diet quirks: she ate two raw eggs per day, plus lots of cookies. In fact, CNN reports that Morano loved cookies so much that she'd hide them under her pillow to prevent others from eating them.
Agnes Fenton, 111
Agnes Fenton of New Jersey credits her 111 years to downing three bottles of Miller High Life and a glass of whiskey every day. She told ABC News in August 2015 that her booze-filled diet began 70 years ago, when a doctor advised her to drink the "Champagne of Beers" daily after finding that her only health problem was a benign tumor. Fenton followed her doctor's orders for years, even adding some Johnnie Walker Blue Label into the mix, until her caretakers nixed the alcohol when she began to eat less.
Gertrude Weaver, lived to 116
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Jessie Gallan, lived to 109
Alexander Imich, lived to 111
Duranord Veillard, 110
New York resident Duranord Veillard, 108, starts each day with oatmeal, fruit, and a cup of tea and ends with fish and vegetables. According to USA Today, Veillard has always done five to seven pushups every morning, even now. He celebrated his latest birthday in February with his wife of 82 years, Jeanne, who turned 105 in May.
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Adelina Domingues, lived to 114
Susannah Mushatt Jones, lived to 116
Susannah Mushatt Jones held the title of world's oldest person until she died in May 2016 at age 116. She said she has always kept up on her sleep and held a steady diet of bacon, eggs, and grits for breakfast. Her family told USA Today that her longevity came from her love of family and generosity to others.
Ruth Coben, 103
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George Boggess, lived to 104
After serving in World War II, marching with Martin Luther King Jr. and serving at the D.C. Superior Court, George Boggess lived to 104. His advice for living a long life: lots of walking. "I attribute my longevity to a great extent to walking, not being in the back of the car strapped down," he told Washington's Top News in 2013.
Paul Marcus, lived to 103
Paul Marcus clocked in time at his local fitness facility, even into his 100s. Despite his dedication to keeping in shape, Marcus said the secret to longevity is luck. "One, you gotta have good genes," he told the Denver Post in 2013. "Two, you gotta be god damned lucky for 100 years. And three: Try not to eat anything that's healthy. It's true. I eat whatever I want. The secret to longevity is ice cream." Marcus died on November 21, 2016, in Denver.
Misao Okawa, lived to 117
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