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Top 5 Seniors in the Guinness Book of World Records

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

Despite their age, senior citizens can do some pretty amazing things. In fact, the ones listed in the article below impress not only seniors, but their Nashville at-home caregivers as well. Here are five inspirational seniors that are recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.

1. Longest a Person Has Ever Lived

While it is impossible to know how old a person was before their death in ancient times, the oldest authenticated individual was Jeanne Louise Calment who lived in France. She lived to be 122 years and 161 days old. She passed away on August 4, 1997. When she was 90 years old, she made a deal to sell her apartment to her lawyer for $2,499 a month. After her lawyer died, his family continued to pay the sum. When asked about the situation, the family said, “In life, one sometimes makes bad deals.”

2. Oldest Person to Abseil

Abseiling is the sport of climbing down the side of tall buildings. When Doris Cicely Long was 101 years and 55 days old, she abseiled 301 feet down the outside of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, UK. This was the 16th time she abseiled. She took up the sport at 85 to raise money for charity. The last time she abseiled prior to setting the world record was on her 100th birthday.

3. Oldest Person to Ever Parachute

“Never give up on your dreams” is the sound advice of Armand Gendreau, who at the age of 101 years and three days old became the oldest person to ever parachute. The tandem jump was completed from an altitude of 13,500 feet. It was the first time that he had ever parachuted.

4. Oldest Active Teacher

While the Guinness Book of World Records says that Father Geoffrey Schneider is the world’s oldest active teacher at 101 years and 109 days old after spending more than 74 years shaping young student’s minds, many sources say that the world’s oldest active teacher is actually Agnes Zhelesnik, who is 102 years old. Called by students and staff at The Sundance School in Plainfield, New Jersey, as Granny, she started her career teaching home economics when she was 80.

5. Oldest Couple to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Love can make you do some wild things. If you are looking to spice up your relationship, then you might want to consider following the example of Martin and Esther Kafer who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to become the oldest people to ever accomplish this feat together. Esther was 84 years and 161 days old when she became the oldest female to climb the mountain while Martin was 85 when they reached the summit on October 1, 2012.

These inspirational stories of ambitious seniors might help your loved one realize that it’s never too late to leave your mark on the world. Help your loved one reach this potential by calling Home Care Assistance at (615) 656-4999 today. Our premier Nashville, TN, elderly care enables seniors to live independently while boosting their overall wellbeing. Let us customize a unique care plan when you call today.