123-Year-Old Bolivian Man Is World’s Oldest Living Person

123-Year-Old Bolivian Man Is World’s Oldest Living Person

123-Year-Old Bolivian Man Is World’s Oldest Living Person

 

In the remote Bolivian village of Frasquia, close to the banks of Lake Titicaca, an elderly man emerged from a simple dirt hut with a straw roof and ambled up to the reporter from The Telegraph UK who had come to tell his story. Carmelo Flores Laura is 123-years-old, the world’s oldest living man.

According to a baptismal certificate, accepted by the Bolivian government as proof of birth until 1940, Laura was born July 16th, 1890. Although his age has not yet been verified by Guinness, Laura could easily take the title from Misao Okawa, the 115-year-old Japanese woman who currently holds the official record, and become the oldest living person ever recorded.

Laura walks unaided, though slowly, and doesn’t wear glasses despite what he refers to as a bit of a “dim” view. He speaks no Spanish, is illiterate, and no longer has any teeth, although like most of the Aymara, he keeps his gums packed with coca leaves to stave off hunger. Laura, who has 3 children, 16 grandchildren, and 39 great-grandchildren, credits long daily walks for helping him reach his astonishing age, along with a simple diet, and was quoted as having said, “I’ve never been lazy.”

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