Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan—on 20 December 2023, our team had the honor of visiting Mrs. Fuyo Kishimoto on her 112th birthday. She was reported to be the third-oldest person in Kyoto as of September 2023.

LongeviQuest Japan President Yumi Yamamoto and researcher Jack Steer were blessed with the opportunity to carry out the visit and were welcomed into the nursing home with great warmth by the staff.

LongeviQuest visited Fuyo Kishimoto on her 112th birthday.On the photo: Yumi Yamamoto (left), Fuyo Kishimoto (center), and Jack Steer (right)
LongeviQuest visited Fuyo Kishimoto on her 112th birthday.
On the photo: Yumi Yamamoto (left), Fuyo Kishimoto (center), and Jack Steer (right)

Even though Mrs. Kishimoto has trouble hearing sometimes, she can still understand when you speak a little louder. She’s full of life and answered all of Yamamoto’s questions clearly. When asked about past hardships, she simply said, “Yes, I worked very hard.” This likely refers to the time she raised her two children alone after her husband passed away in World War II. She worked alongside men in the mountains and mines, showing incredible strength. Mrs. Kishimoto shared that she enjoyed taking warm baths and that she liked to eat sweet things. According to nursing home staff, she has a hearty appetite and is still capable of eating unassisted when food is chopped up into small pieces.

Religion has been very important to Mrs. Kishimoto. During the visit, she chanted Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō, a mantra of Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism, showing her deep faith. Until she was 107 years old, her daily routine included performing sutra for three hours a day. This faith helped her through tough times, like the war and post-war periods. Mrs. Kishimoto’s humble religious spirit could be felt in the heartfelt gratitude she expressed throughout the visit.

Mrs. Kishimoto was presented with a plaque and a flower basket celebrating her status as a verified supercentenarian.
Mrs. Kishimoto was presented with a plaque and a flower basket celebrating her status as a verified supercentenarian.

After the questions, everyone present sang happy birthday to Mrs. Kishimoto, which she clapped along to in the pattern of 3-3-7, a rhythm commonly used for celebrations in Japan. The song ended with cheers of banzai (a Japanese expression of joy). Mrs. Kishimoto remarked emotionally, “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you.” She was then presented with a flower basket and a plaque celebrating her status as a verified supercentenarian.

As the event concluded, Yamamoto said, “Please continue to be well. Let’s meet again next year.” Mrs. Kishimoto replied, “Let’s meet again.” Mrs. Kishimoto’s story is a reminder of human strength and the comfort of faith. Even after many challenges, she remains cheerful and full of life, inspiring us all with her long and fulfilling journey.

We extend our deepest appreciation and heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Kishimoto’s family and the nursing home staff who received the LongeviQuest team so warmly.

For more information, please view Mrs. Kishimoto’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is deeply saddened to report that Mrs. Isabel Alvarado López of Venezuela passed away at the age of 112. She was the oldest (documented) woman to have lived in the country. 

Alvarado López was born on 9 August 1911 in the village of San Nicolas, Portuguesa State, Venezuela. 

Alvarado López worked as a teacher until she met her husband, Rafael Bordón. When she was about 28 years old, she moved to Caracas where she gave birth to her only daughter. She worked on many fields such as in Ministry of Public Works, Santa Ana Clinic, Agricultural and Livestock Bank, and in Ministry of Communications. 

In 1947, with her daughter. (Source: Courtesy of family)
In 1947, with her daughter.
(Source: Courtesy of family)

Isabel Alvarado López passed away on 12 December 2023 in Caracas, Venezuela.  

LongeviQuest sends our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and friends of Isabel Alvarado López. 

For more information, please visit Isabel Alvarado Lopez’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Asayo Satō of Japan at age 112. She was born in Imari, Saga Prefecture, Japan on 22 September 1911. Satō’s life saw her run her own business in Osaka before marriage. During World War II, she returned to Imari with her family, where she opened a yarn shop. Though she was unable to pursue her hobbies during the war and its aftermath, she rediscovered a passion for travel and folk dancing in her later years.

In September 2009, shortly before her 98th birthday. (Source: Imari City Public Relations Magazine)
In September 2009, shortly before her 98th birthday.
(Source: Imari City Public Relations Magazine)

Satō remained active until her late 90s, participating in gateball and even winning an award at a local tournament. Despite reaching the age of 100, she continued to be organized, keeping a diary and using an abacus. Even in her later years, living at home with daycare assistance, she enjoyed rereading her diary, knitting, and sewing. At 110, reading family letters became her favorite pastime, and she remarkably still had good eyesight, reading newspapers without needing glasses.

In September 2023, she was reported as the oldest living person in Saga Prefecture. Being the oldest person in the city, when a city official asked her the secret to her long life, she responded, “Don’t dwell on things. Stay curious about everything.”

For more information, please view Asayo Satō’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Helene Sandvig. She was born in Chaffee, Cass County, North Dakota, United States on 25 November 1911 and passed away in Fargo, North Dakota, United States on 5 December 2023 at 112 years, 10 days. At the time of death, she was the second-oldest living person in the U.S. state of North Dakota, behind Clarabell Demers.

Raised on a farm near Chaffee, Sandvig experienced a rural upbringing, tending to pigs and chickens. Her education took place in various rural schoolhouses, sometimes requiring her to alternate with siblings in staying home for housework on Mondays. Sandvig pursued a teaching career, earning her certificate from Valley City State Teachers College (now Valley City State University). At just 19, she began her teaching journey, even using a horse and buggy to pick up her students.

On her wedding day. (Source: InForum)
On her wedding day.
(Source: InForum)

Sandvig’s life path shifted in 1938 with her marriage. Choosing to dedicate herself to their farm, she stepped away from teaching. Although childless themselves, the couple opened their hearts and homes, fostering several children. Their farming life took them south of Embden before settling near Leonard. When her husband fell ill in 1974, they decided to sell the farm and move into an apartment in Leonard. In 2013, at the age of 101, she moved into a nursing home.

Helene Sandvig passed away in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, on 5 December 2023, at the age of 112 years, 10 days.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Helene Sandvig.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Chiyo Yanagawa of Japan at age 112. She was born in Japan on 28 September 1911. Yanagawa spent her working years as a teacher of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and flower arrangements.

From 2018 to 2022, her status as the oldest resident of Yao City earned her special joint visits for Respect for the Aged Day. Representatives from the city, a local welfare organization, and her family gathered to celebrate and express their respect. These visits included official letters, gifts, and bouquets of flowers. During a 2019 visit, a city official remarked, “We talk about you often at our senior citizen meetings.” Yanagawa’s witty reply, “I should charge a fee for my appearances,” brought laughter to the room.

In September 2018, shortly before her 107th birthday. (Source: Yao City)
In September 2018, shortly before her 107th birthday.
(Source: Yao City)

At 107, Yanagawa attributed her long life to “eating, reading, and laughing a lot.” Reading newspapers and magazines remained a daily habit, and she reportedly started each day with a banana, cocoa powder, and porridge.

Living independently in her Yao City home with the aid of caregivers, Yanagawa now enjoys singing with her caregivers, listening to sumo, and singing contests on the radio by her bedside.

LongeviQuest congratulates Chiyo Yanagawa’s family on her recognition.

For more information, please view Yanagawa’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Mrs. Kane Toriba, the oldest living resident of Fukaya, Japan, celebrated her 112th birthday on December 4th. LongeviQuest has sent Kane Toriba congratulatory flowers and letters to celebrate her milestone. In September 2018, she was reported as the oldest living person in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture.

Celebratory flowers and greetings for her 112th birthday.

Toriba was born in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan on 4 December 1911. After finishing elementary school, she dedicated several years to assisting her parents on their farm. Later, she fell in love and married her husband. The couple subsequently had five children.

Her daily routine includes morning calf massages with a massager, newspaper reading, attending a daycare service four times a week, and a 15-minute footbath before bed to warm her legs. This routine, organized by her son to improve blood circulation in her legs, has been her practice for 20 years. At 109, she was hospitalized four times in a year due to cholecystitis but made a full recovery after each month-long stay and has not had another episode since. Despite her age, she remains active and doesn’t take naps. She spends her days sitting in a wheelchair and even reads the newspaper without glasses every morning. She is in such good physical condition that, at the age of 112, she was able to go on an overnight trip with her children to a hot spring inn about a 30-minute drive away.

For more information, please view Mrs. Toriba’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Andrée Guyon. She was born in the commune of Aize, Indre Department, Centre-Val de Loire Region, France on 6 June 1911. She passed away in Saint-Éliph, Eure-et-Loir Department, Centre-Val de Loire Region, France, on 25 November 2023, at the age of 112 years. Following her passing, Lucienne Moreau succeeded her as the oldest living resident of the Centre-Val de Loire Region. At the time of her death, Guyon was the third-oldest living person in France, behind Marie-Rose Tessier and Andrée Bertoletto. Her age has been validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO).

On her wedding day in 1937. (Source: Geneanet)
On her wedding day in 1937.
(Source: Geneanet)

Guyon got married in 1937 and had two daughters. She moved to Saint-Éliph in 1941 and worked as a cook for a family in Champrond-en-Gâtine, while her husband managed the forestry estate. She continued to work as a cook until she was 99 and moved back to Saint-Éliph.

Aged 107. (Source: L'Action Républicaine)
Aged 107.
(Source: L’Action Républicaine)

In June 2011, she celebrated her 100th birthday with 80 family members. As a centenarian, she had six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. In the winter of 2015, Guyon underwent a leg amputation and required a wheelchair. However, she remained optimistic and attributed her longevity to good humor and hard work. At the age of 108, she was still interested in the news from France and around the world.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Andrée Guyon.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Emma Galode of Canada at age 112. She was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on 22 August 1882. At the age of 26, she got married, and the couple had 1 daughter. Galode spent most of her life in Hamilton, where she operated a variety store with her husband. They retired in 1948.

At the age of 107, Galode remained independent, even taking the bus on her own for grocery shopping. However, in August 1993, shortly before her 111th birthday, she moved into Hillsdale Manor nursing home in Oshawa, Ontario. Despite her advanced age, Galode continued to use a walker to move around the nursing home at the age of 112.

On her 110th birthday, holding a copy of her birth certificate. (Source: The Toronto Star)
On her 110th birthday, holding a copy of her birth certificate.
(Source: The Toronto Star)

Galode passed away of pneumonia at Whitby General Hospital in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, on 9 September 1994, at the age of 112 years, 18 days. At the time of death, she was the third-oldest living person in Canada behind Marie-Louise Meilleur and Mary Ann Rhodes.

LongeviQuest congratulates Emma Galode’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Galode’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is delighted to share the 112th birthday celebration of Helene Sandvig. She is an American supercentenarian currently known as the second-oldest living person in North Dakota.  

The party was held inside Bethany Retirement Living’s Chapel, and it was packed with friends who were reminiscing about Helene’s life and how she used to be the biggest chatterbox.  

Helene was born on 25 November 1911 on a farm near Chaffee, Cass County, North Dakota, USA.

Helene Sandvig at Valley News Live at 10:00PM KVLY - VOD
Helene Sandvig at Valley News Live at 10:00PM KVLY – VOD

After graduating from high school, she got her teaching certificate from Valley City State Teachers College. She was already teaching at the age of 19 while also picking up her students in a horse and buggy.  

In 1938, she married Edwin Sandvig and had no children with him. However, the couple fostered several children. After the marriage, she gave up her teaching career, and the couple focused on farming.  

In 2013, she moved into a nursing home at the age of 101. Helene currently lives in Fargo, North Dakota, USA.  

For more information, please visit Helene Sandvig’s Directory Profile here. 

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Sabina Zieg of the United States at age 112. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States on 12 November 1872 to German immigrants. She was reported to be less than 5 feet tall. She was a member of Glenshaw Presbyterian Church since 1930 and a member of the ladies auxiliary of Undercliff Volunteer Fire Co.

Zieg worked part-time in the housekeeping department of Glenshaw Presbyterian Church before moving into a nursing home. At the age of 102, when asked about her ambition, she said she wanted to live to be 103. On her 108th birthday, she was interviewed on the television show “Good Morning, America.” When asked about the secret to her longevity, she said, “Well, I eat jelly-bread sandwiches. Smucker’s makes the best.”

On her 110th birthday in 1982. (Source: The Pittsburgh Press)
On her 110th birthday in 1982.
(Source: The Pittsburgh Press)

On 30 April 1984, at the age of 111 years, 170 days, she surpassed the final age of Martha Brown (1858–1969), becoming the oldest person to ever live in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. She subsequently became the first person in the state to reach the age of 112. She held the title until her own final age was surpassed by Florence Knapp on 30 October 1985.

Zieg passed away of natural causes in the Presbyterian Home in Oakmont, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, on 1 December 1984. She was survived by two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Following her death, she was succeeded as Pennsylvania’s oldest living person by Ida Turner.

LongeviQuest congratulates Sabina Zieg’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Zieg’s Directory Profile here.