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BIOGRAPHY

Onorina Apprato was born in the comune of Castellero in the Province of Asti, Piedmont, Italy, on 7 July 1913.

In 1933, at the age of 20, she moved to the city of Río Tercero, Argentina, along with her husband, José Tagliaferro. The couple had two children: Humberto (deceased as of 2023) and Elsa. She was a housewife. She commented that she missed her homeland after moving away. Later, she returned there about four times.

Since she turned 100, she was honored and recognized in her city, and every July 7, her birthday, she received greetings, congratulations, and expressions of affection from authorities, institutions, and neighbors through social networks. At the age of 110, she had four grandsons and 11 great-grandchildren. Until the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she frequently walked in the city with her daughter. Until she was 102 years old, she would go alone to the supermarket about 100 meters from her house. When the pandemic began, she stopped going out much, but she took great care of herself and has gone out very little since then. According to her grandson, at 110, she only had a minor hearing problem. However, she was still very lucid. When asked about the secret to her longevity, she said it’s to stay active, always engaging in activities and not sitting idle “with your arms crossed.” She also advised not to worry excessively about things.

RECOGNITION

Her age was verified through a collaboration between the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) and LongeviQuest, based on research by Paolo Scarabaggio and Fabrizio Villatoro, with assistance from her family. Both organizations announced her validation on May 21, 2024.

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