Gozei Taba
Birth: 12 September 1889
Shuri, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Death: 6 January 2001
Okinawa Profecture, Japan
Age: 111 years, 116 days
Country: JapanJPN
Validated

Gozei Taba (12 September 1889 – 6 January 2001) was a Japanese supercentenarian whose age is validated by Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of her death aged 111 years, 116 days, she was the fifth-oldest living person in Japan and the oldest living person in Okinawa Profecture.

Biography

Taba was born in Shuri, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan as the oldest of six children, all of whom she outlived. She was schooled up to grade 2. At the age of 24, she married, and would later give birth to two sons, both of whom were still alive at the time of her death. At the age of 56, Taba was widowed when she and her husband (who was six years older) were in a World War II refugee camp.

Taba lived nearly all of her life in poverty; she performed housework and wove hats from palm trees. She spent her later years living with her first son's family on a pension. She was sometimes sent to the hospital for stomach-ache or pneumonia.

Taba ate anything but milk. She said that the secret to her longevity was "not fretting over things".

References

  • Aging and Age-related Diseases: The Basics, by Michał Karasek
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