The oldest person in the world shares the surprising secret to her long life

By Lindsay de Freitas
18 May 2016

According to Emma Morano (116), the secret to a long life certainly goes against conventional wisdom.

After the death of the previous record holder, Emma Morano (116), became the oldest person in the world.

Last week Emma, of Verbania, Italy, became the oldest person in the world when the previous record holder, Alabama-born Mushatt Jones (also 116 years old at the time), passed away in her sleep.

Along with Emma, Mushatt, was one of the last two people on earth who were born in the 1800s and who had been alive in three different centuries.

“My word, I’m as old as the hills,” was Emma’s response to the news, according to her carer, Rosi Santoni.

Emma, who worked in a factory making jute sacks and then as a cook, is almost entirely deaf and spends most days watching television. “Her friends are all in the cemetery, sadly,” said Rosi, explaining that Emma doesn’t have much of a social life because she’s outlived her contemporaries.

“Considering her age she is in pretty good health… She does find walking very tiring, though, and she has a nap during the day.”

Emma spilled the beans on how she's maintained her good health in an interview with the New York Times in 2015.

She attributes her longevity to eating three raw eggs a day — a doctor recommended it for anemia when she was in her teens – and staying single for most of her life.

Although Emma said that she had many “suitors”, she never remarried after the end of an unhappy marriage in 1938.

“I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” the wily supercentenarian explained.


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