While the oldest living woman in the world is an inhabitant of Japan, the oldest man happens to be Alexander Imich who hails from New York City. He is 111 years old. And he has been declared to be the oldest man in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The lady from Japan who is older than him is 116 years of age. She was born at the turn of the century. An extreme case of longevity was a person from France who lived to be 122 years of age. Now that is a very old age indeed!
If you listen to Imich’s side of the story he will tell you that his longevity is due to a healthy genetic endowment from both his parents and moderation in matters of lifestyle.
World’s oldest man Imich was born in in present-day Częstochowa, Poland, which was then part of the Russian Empire, on February 4th, 1903. Imich and his wife, Wela, immigrated to America from Russia in 1951. Dr. Imich is a parapsychologist and retired chemist.
His wife died in 1986 but he has survived as a widower. He has lived in Manhattan alone after the death of his wife. They were both immigrants who had come to the United States from Russia in 1951, longing to breathe the free air.
Alexander Imich told reporters that his one principle in life that he followed to the letter was to follow his heart and be passionate about whatever it was he was doing at any one time.
The previous record-holder for world’s oldest man, Arturo Licata, was an inhabitant of Italy who died on April 24th at the same age that Imich was currently living.
Robert Young, Senior Gerontology Consultant for Guinness World Records, verified "the latest achievement by utilizing his birth record, immigration papers and university records. Stuart Claxton, a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Official based out of New York, visited Dr. Imich in his home in Manhattan’s Upper West Side to present him with his official plaque."
About the world’s oldest living man, Robert Young said, “He is both the oldest living war veteran and the first 'oldest living man' to hold a doctorate.”
One is tempted to ask oneself what is the way to a ripe old age Well, there is no single method of attaining longevity. Imich may be right since both being genetically blessed and following a healthy lifestyle may count in the mix of becoming a centenarian in the end. Genes preponderated in the equation though.
But a Mediterranean diet was one of the secrets as well. That means that fresh fruits and vegetables not to mention whole grains were critical. And avoidance of red meats and processed carbohydrates was important too.