The oldest lady of the world from Japan embrace another year in her life

Tokyo: 6 January 2022: The oldest living person in the world just turned another year older. On Sunday Jan. 2 2022, Kane Tanaka celebrated her 119th birthday at the nursing home where she resides in Japan, becoming only the third person ever to celebrate that milestone in modern human history.
She was born in 1903, the same year the Ford Model A was produced, the first modern World Series took place, and the Wright Brothers took flight at Kitty Hawk.
Tanaka took over Oldest Living Person honors in 2018, according to The Guinness Book of Records which lists her as the third oldest verified person ever to live.
Where most media outlets treat a story like this as a “good for her” moment, Growing Bolder points out that this is great news for us all. It helps push forward the conversation about longevity, health, and how to maximize it. The example of Tanaka also helps us understand that there are other factors besides genetics that matter.
Tanaka’s life has been anything but easy as she has been faced with several serious health challenges including typhoid fever, pancreatic cancer and colorectal cancer for which she underwent surgery at the age of 103.
The number of people living past 100 continues to increase across most of the world and Japan is no exception. Health Ministry records show 86,510 centenarians in that country in 2021, an increase of 6,000 over the year before. Japan seems to excel in longevity, where life expectancy is 87.74 years for women and 81.64 years for men.
The United Nations believes there are more than half a million centenarians around the world with around 100,000 living in the US. The oldest living person in the United States is Thelma Sutcliffe of Nebraska who is 115. She is one of 66 living Americans who have passed their 110th birthday.
The oldest person ever to live whose age has been independently verified is Jeanne Calment who lived 122 years and 164 days before she died in 1997.

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