Jeanne Louise Calment, age 20. Jeanne Louise Calment, born in 1875, lived until she was over 122 year old. Her lifespan (122 years, 164 days) is the longest reliably confirmed for any human. Mme Calment lived in Arles, France, her entire life. Always athletic, she rode her bicycle until she was 100 and took up fencing in her 80s. She lived independently until she was 100.

Photo: Jeanne Calment photographed in 1895, age 20.
Two olm in cave waters. The Olm (Proteus anguinus) is a European cave-dwelling salamander. The olm is estimated to live more than 102 years in the wild. At 10C, its normal environmental temperature, an olm larva takes 14 years to mature. On average adults weigh 17g, less than a tablespoon of sugar. Learn more about this remarkable animal in the Successful Aging library.

Photo: Postojnska Jama Slovenija