Comments:Georgian woman celebrates 130th birthday
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And you have proof of this? Sources?
It's yet another claim of extreme longevity coming from a country with no reliable documentation, pushed by a family that welcomes the (financial) attention. The age is not independently verified by sources other than her passport - and she had an interest to make herself older in order to retire earlier. She may be old but not that old.
Update from the Associated Press: "Khvichava's 70-year-old son Mikhail apparently was born when his mother was 60." That says it all.
Passport? Other documents say it too according to the AP. And this is in a country where benefits from old age are not like they are in the US. So unless there is valid arguments and or proof that she is not 130 years old, then it is all speculation. Also note that we never once said that she is 100% for sure to be 130 years old. And sorry...if she wanted to "retire" she would have done it before she was 85 years old.
It is unlikely that this woman had a child at age 60. It's more likely that — given the poor record-keeping that existed at the time in her remote location and the faultiness of human memory — she's actually ~20 years younger than she claims to be. Which is still *really* old, mind you.
As a personal anecdote along similar lines: one of my coworkers has a parent in an assisted living home. While she was visiting him one day, one of the other old people living there claimed to be 99, before his son (who was also visiting) corrected him that he was actually 89. The old man isn't senile, it's just that age becomes less important to most people as they get older... before becoming more important again if you get very old:). I already have occasional trouble remembering how old I am, and I'm not yet thirty:P.
In this story there is no one who is still around from when this woman was young — and there hasn't been for several decades, so she has no one to remind her how old she really is.