A New York man says that six daily Anacin tablets and a banana have been the secret to his super-long life.
112-year old Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez is now the world’s oldest man after Jiroemon Kimura died in June at the age of 116. A vast majority of people who live to be 100 years old or more are women–90%, in fact–and Sanchez-Blazquez is the only male alive to have been born in 1901.
Born in the village of El Tejado de Bejar, Spain, Salustiano was a self-taught musician from an early age and eventually moved to Cuba before settling in the U.S. He lived in Lynch, Kentucky for several years and worked as a coal miner there before settling in the Niagra Falls area of New York to work in construction.
Salustiano married in 1934, and after his wife Pearl died in 1988, he lived with his daughter Irene for a while before moving to an elderly care facility in 2007. Besides his daughter–who is 69–he also has a 76-year-old son, John, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
It seems we’ve heard many stories of people living extremely long lives in recent years; the oldest authenticated person in the world was Jeanne Louise Calment of France, who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days. Before Jiroemon Kimura died, the world’s oldest person was Besse Cooper, who died last December at the age of 116.