World’s oldest man reveals the key to his long life
We all want to enjoy life as best we can and the end goal for the majority of people is to live a long, healthy and happy life. While life can throw up different obstacles throughout its course and can sometimes be cut short in tragic circumstances, some people manage to squeeze every last bit of life out of their bodies. One such man is Francisco Nunez Olivera who just celebrated his 113th birthday.
Born on December 13 1904, Francisco is officially the world's oldest man. Nunez Grew up in Bienvenida in Extremadura, Spain. He currently still resides in the village, which has been his home for the entirety of his life.
Francisco kicked off the celebrations as he always does, by opening the birthday cards from people around the world and enjoying a slice of cake alongside a glass of milk. While Francisco enjoys the festivities, he will be sure to have a glass of red wine later.
Francisco enjoys a glass of the good stuff every day and he eats vegetables that he's grown by himself on his own land. He and his family believe that it's this combination of wine and home-grown food that has led to Francisco enjoying such a long and happy life.
Francisco spent his 113th birthday surrounded by loved ones at his family home, including his four children, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The retired farmer, who also has two siblings aged 93 and 97, fought during the Rif War in the 1920's, between Spain and the Berber tribes in Morocco.
Francisco only officially became the oldest man in the world after the death of Isreali Yisrael Kristal on August 11 this year. However, despite his age, he claims to not experience any aches, pains or illnesses. The 113-year-old is in good health, with perfect blood pressure and until the age of 107, Francisco was able to go on daily walks down to his local village. Something he is able to do thanks to his daily glass of red wine, which he credits as being the secret to a long life.
The widower is one of 30 people in the village, which has a population of only 2,300 inhabitants, who are over the age of 90. The local Mayor Antonio Carmona says that Francisco is "a living example of the quality of life in the municipality, but also of the pollution-free skies and countryside and stress-free work of the traditional way of life.
Speaking about turning 113, Francisco said: "I know I’m old but I don’t feel old. I’m crazy, satisfied with my soul."
Francisco said that he was overwhelmed by the letters of admiration and love that he was receiving from strangers all around the world. His 82-year-old daughter Maria Antonia, who is a full-time carer for her father, said:
"Some days he talks all day and others he sleeps all day. Someone mentioned the idea of taking him to a retirement home once and it made me feel bad."
Happy Birthday, Francisco. You have now given us an excuse to drink more red wine (not that we needed one), so thanks for that!