Alexander Imich, a 111-year-old New Yorker, was the world’s oldest man when he died Sunday. But the late doctor was actually the world’s 66th oldest person.
That’s right. There are 65 women older than Imich, according to the Gerontology Research Group, which keeps track of supercentenarians – people over the age of 110.
As of last weekend, there were 76 supercentenarians worldwide, including Imich, who had been declared the world’s oldest man in May. Of those 76, only three were men. The remaining 73 supercentenarians were all women.
The world’s oldest woman, Japanese Misao Okawa, is 116. She was born in 1898.
The average life expectancy for American women is 81.92 years, according to 2014 government estimates. Men, on the other hand, live an average 77.11 years.