Despite long life, all die – Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD – MBulletin – September 24, 2013

Despite long life, all die

The world’s oldest man,  Salustiano “Shorty” Sanchez, one-time sugarcane worker born in Spain, died on September 20 in Grand Island, New York.

[ROJoson’s Notes: Sanchez was 112 years, 97 days at the time of his death.]

With his death, Guinness World Records says Arturo Licata of Italy at 111 is now the world’s oldest man.

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Sanchez credited his longevity to eating one banana per day and taking Anacin daily, according to a recent Guinness online profile. He liked to garden, do crossword puzzles, and play gin rummy every night with friends.

Sanchez was born in El Tejado de Bejar, Spain, in 1901 and worked as a sugarcane field worker in Cuba before emigrating to the United States, where he found work in Kentucky coal mines.

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On the female side, Misao Okawa of Japan is the oldest woman at 115, according to the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks people at 110 and older and validates ages for Guinness.

The greatest authenticated age for any human is 122 years, 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment of France.

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Note that women live longer than men. As a misogynist quipped, “Shopping never kills but making money does.”

That could be just one opinion but there are other factors why women outlive men.

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There’s one certainty, however. Even if one lives to over 120 years, he or she will pass away, meaning we don’t live forever in this world. For Christians based on Jesus’ teachings, our true and eternal home is Heaven for those who are faithful to God and Hell for those who live a sinful life on earth.


ROJoson’s Notes:

Longest lifespan for women – 122 years, 164 days – Jeanne Louise Calment of France.

Longest lifespan for men – 116 years, 54 days – Jiroemon Kimura of Japan

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