Super-Centenarian: Grandma Quita

In this photo released by Guinness World Records on May 18, 2011 shows Brazilian woman Maria Gomes Valentim, 114, in Carangola, in Minas Gerais state. Photograph by: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, AFP/Getty Images

Maria Gomes Valentim, born July 9, 1896, died on Tuesday, June 21. According to the Guinness World Records she was the oldest living human on this planet traversing the cosmos.

She was affectionately known as Grandma Quita.  She was born in Carangola which is in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. 

To what did this Brazilian woman attribute her longevity? Keeping her nose out of other people’s affairs and a diet plan which worked for her.

Maria loved her feijoada and chicken empada pastries.  She was not shy when it came down to hot sauce.

Hot sauce definitely adds “some spice” to life.  Overall, based on reports she had a healthy diet and outlook on life.

Maria was one of many supercentenarians on this earth. Now the title of the oldest living human reverts back to American Besse Cooper at 114 (born August 26, 1896).

It is more than an accomplishment to live past 110.  As research continues on aging and longevity, there are clues in the lives of these super centenarians: positive life outlook, diet, family, etc.

In a previous post on Leo Plass, age 99, Leo attributed his longevity to, “Good family. Good life. Good food.”  It has worked for him.

Enjoy life.  Appreciate those around you. Embrace the simplicity and wonders of this earth.  Perhaps, you too will become a supercentenarian.

Live well. Eat a balanced diet. Love.  Treat others as you would have them treat you. Offer a helping hand when needed. Be nice to your fellow travellers.

G. D. Williams       © 2011


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