Many scientists claim that most people are capable of living 100-120 years. But, we ourselves do not use a healthy way of life to shorten this period for ourselves.
In Italy, there is the village of Acciaroli, which attracts the attention of scientists with one very interesting fact - about 300 local residents have crossed the centenary. Moreover, even at such a venerable age, most of them retain their working capacity and independently manage their household.
On November 15, 1635, a simple peasant Thomas Parr, who at that time was 152 years old, was buried in London's Westminster Abbey. Until the age of 130, Parr was engaged in agriculture. Shortly before his death, he was invited to King Charles I. The monarch treated the guest well. It is said that the abundant food was the cause of death.
However, there are doubts that Thomas Parr really lived for 152 years. No documents have survived to confirm the date of his birth.
The Japanese island of Okinawa is rightfully called the Island of Centenarians. Out of every 100, 000 inhabitants, 35 people spend their second century. The secret to the longevity of Okinawans lies in proper nutrition and regular exercise. And the old-timers themselves claim that they just know how to rejoice in every day that comes.
There were many long-livers in our country as well. For example, the German traveler Adam Olearius, who visited Russia in the 17th century, during the reign of Mikhail Fedorovich, noted that the Russian people are distinguished by their health and longevity. He rarely gets sick, but prefers to be treated with vodka and garlic.
In 1912, when the centenary of the Battle of Borodino was celebrated, Emperor Nicholas II issued a decree to find living witnesses of the great battle. Six people were found of them. Five of them were still children during the war years, but they remembered about the invasion of the French army. And 122-year-old Akim Vintanyuk personally took part in the battle. The emperor met with them, out of respect for old age, the elderly were allowed not to get up in the presence of the monarch.
The famous actor Vladimir Mikhailovich Zeldin celebrated his 101st birthday in 2016. Moreover, on the stage, where he played the main role in the play "Dancing with the Teacher". It was a kind of record. In 1960, another remarkable actor, Nikolai Annenkov, celebrated his 100th anniversary on stage. Interestingly, both of them were natives of the Tambov province.
The American magazine "New York Times" in 1933 reported the death of Ching-Yun, who was 197 years old. He survived 23 wives and had 180 children from them. Ching Yun's diet consisted of rice and wine. As the journalists wrote, the long-liver was as quiet as a turtle, as mobile as a dove and kept his heart in peace.
A resident of Georgia, Antisa Khvichava, had official documents confirming her age. She was born in 1880 in the village of Sachino and died there in 2012, having lived for 132 years. For many years she worked on tea plantations, and retired only at the age of 85.
Of course, the chances of reaching 100 years or more are higher for those who lead the right lifestyle. But, this is not always the case. There is a legend about a resident of Ireland named Brown. He died at the age of 120, asking to make the following inscription on the monument: "He was always drunk and so terrible in this state that death itself was afraid of him."