At 157 Years Old, Indonesian Woman Makes 100 The New Middle Age
Only 7 in 1,000 people reach their 100th birthday and the odds of surviving another year is only 50-50, according to Science magazine. So what are the odds of living to 157? Tonic doesn't know because no one has done it before, but if the woman in a South Sumatra village known only as Turinah is correct about her age, she may be the first, as reported by AFP.
She works around the house, has smoked clove cigarettes for years, and can see and hear just fine, thank you very much. Census officials believe the woman's claims to have been born in 1853 are true, although, cannot be verified because she burned all her identification documents so as not to be linked to a communist coup in 1965.
"There's no authentic data to prove her age but judging from her statements and the age of her adopted daughter, who's now 108 years old, its difficult to doubt it," said, Jhonny Sardjono, a statistics bureau official.
Verified by Guiness World Records, the world's oldest person was Jeanne Calment, a Frenchwoman who died at the age of 122 in 1997. This would make Turinah a full 35 years older, which is, as they say in France, incroyable!
To give some perspective on just how old she is, in 1853, Franklin Pierce was inaugurated, Charles Darwin received the Royal Medal of The Royal Society and the Crimean War was launched.
As longevity has increased, gerontologists now call those over 100, supercentenarians. So if Turinah is as old as she says she is, that would make her a super-supercentenarian, right?