You may not make it to 116 like Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, but longevity expert Dan Buettner has some tips for reaching a ripe old age.
The oldest man ever known to have lived—Japan's Jiroemon Kimura—died Wednesday at 116. Kimura, who was born April 19, 1897, was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest living person, oldest living man, and oldest man ever.
"As the only man to have ever lived for 116 years—and the oldest man whose age has been fully authenticated—he has a truly special place in world history," Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, said on its website.
Misao Okawa, 115, of Osaka, Japan, now holds the title of oldest living person, as well as oldest living woman.
Though most of us won't make it to 116, National Geographic Fellow and longevity expert Dan Buettner has discovered tips on reaching old age through his work on blue zones—pockets of longevity around the world.
In his second edition of his book The Blue Zones, Buettner writes about a newly identified Blue Zone: the Greek island of Ikaria (map). National Geographic magazine Editor at Large Cathy Newman interviewed him in December about the art of living long and well. (Watch Buettner talk about how to live to a hundred.)