The record for longevity belongs to Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who was born in 1875 and died in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days. However, as shown by a study by employees of the Graduate School of Commerce in Melbourne, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, already in this century, people can live up to 130 years.
Scientists analyzed data from European centenarians over the age of 105 - more than 3,800 Italians and more than 9,800 French, according to the Daily Mail, and found a statistical pattern.
Only people with good genes and good health live up to 108 years. After that, the chances of staying alive are approximately 50/50. Now the chance of winning this lotto 20 times in a row is small - about one in a million, and people who are 108 years old, on average, live another year and three months. However, despite the pandemic, life expectancy is likely to rise - thanks to improvements in health care and healthy lifestyles. The population will also grow, and more and more people will reach the age of 110 years. And the more centenarians flip a coin showing whether they will live another year, the statistically more likely it is that someone will eventually manage to live to 130.
Technologies affecting longevity is a promising area of research. Billionaires are investing in them, such as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has invested in Unity, whose employees work on technologies aimed at slowing or halting the aging process.
Now the oldest living person in the world - and the third longest in life overall - is 118-year-old Kane Tanaka from Japan. As for the absolute record holder Zhanna Kalman, she smoked two cigarettes a day and only at a hundred years old gave up cycling.