Denis Foynes – If Bolivia’s public records are correct, Carmelo Flores Laura is the oldest living person ever documented.
They claim that Carmelo was born in 1890, making him 123 years old. However, there are many question marks surrounding the claims.
“We were skeptical from the beginning,” said Stephen Coles, a professor of gerontology at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California in Los Angeles.
“He’s not the real thing. Carmelo is not 123 years old despite the documents his family has shown. He was not born in the year 1890.” The Gerontology Research Group has found a document that shows Flores is actually 107 years old.
The native Aymara, who has three children, 16 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren, would have been 24 when World War I broke out and 62 when young Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne.
Carmelo was widowed 10 years ago and said: “We only ate what we found in the wild.
“I shared the cooking with my wife. I’ve never been lazy – and I still go on long walks every day.”
Guinness World Records says the oldest living person verified by original proof of birth is Misao Okawa, a 115-year-old Japanese woman. The oldest verified age was 122 years and 164 days: Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997.