The World's Oldest People
They skydive, go to proms and even swing. Meet the world's oldest people, ten
elders who prove age is no excuse to stop living.
1. World's Oldest Person to be alive (130 years old)
Authorities in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia claim a woman from a remote
mountain village turned 130, placing her at the top of the world's oldest
people. Antisa Khvichava from western Georgia was born on July 8, 1880, said
Georgiy Meurnishvili, spokesman for the civil registry at the Justice Ministry.
The woman, who lives with her 40-year-old grandson in an idyllic vine-covered
country house in the mountains, retired from her job as a tea and corn picker in
1965, when she was 85, records say. ‘I've always been healthy, and I've worked
all my life – at home and at the farm,' Antisa said, in a bright dress and
headscarf – and red lipstick. Sitting in a chair and holding her cane, Antisa
spoke quietly through an interpreter – since she never went to school to learn
Georgian and speaks only the local language, Mingrelian.