What You Can Learn from the World’s Oldest Man

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Alexander Imich

A younger Alexander Imich, who in 2014 was named the world’s oldest living man at 111 years. (Photo: Michael Tymn via Spiritual Resources)

NEW YORK, New York, (WGNO) – The world’s oldest man is 111 years old and lives in Manhattan.  He’s a polish-born chemist and parapsychologist.

Alexander Imich received the honor last month when the previous record holder, Arturo Licata of Italy died April 24th at 111 years and 357 days, the New York Times reports.

Imich told the newspaper he can remember the first time an automobile putted through his hometown, and how he escaped the Holocaust and survived a Soviet gulag.

He is among between 300 and 450 supercentenarians in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group, a Southern California-based organization that tracks and validates persons 110 years old or older.

Sixty-six women are older than Imich, with the eldest, Misao Okawa, boasting 116 years, according to the group.

So what does Imich credit for his longevity? It’s hard to say.

He guesses not having children may have helped. And said “good genes” and athletics probably played a role. He also doesn’t drink alcohol.

Click here to read more Imich’s story at the New York Times.