Jeanne Calment lived to 122. She died in 1997. This is a picture of her, aged 22 in 1897. Image: Wiki.
Recently, there was a lot of protest in France as the government moved to raise the retirement age to 62. There have been reports in America that the retirement age will be raised to 68 by mid-century and 69 by 2075. There's just so much to look forward to in the future! Seriously though, these changes reflect the lengthening of lifespans as well as a number of other generational, political and policy-making issues. It is true that there is a new class of people emerging - those who live well past 100 years of age. For the first time in history, they are numerous enough that they are now being talked about as a demographic group. There is a list of the oldest people in recorded recent times here. The person with the longest confirmed life span in history was Jeanne Calment, a Frenchwoman who lived to age 122 and died in 1997. Just to put her age into perspective, she was 20 years old in 1895. Her spouse died in 1947.