Juan Vicente Perez Mora drinks a cup of liquor a day (Picture: Guinness World Records)
The world’s oldest man revealed Colombian liquor as one of his secrets to good health as he celebrated his 113th birthday.
Juan Vicente Perez Mora, from Venezuela, was born on 27 May, 1909, and was married to his wife for six decades before she passed away in 1997.
Together, they shared 11 children, 41 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Apart from a slightly elevated blood pressure and deteriorated sense of hearing, Perez Mora is otherwise in very good health, and likely has a few more years yet, his physician Enrique Guzman said.
‘He seems totally fine to me. He has a good heart. He does have changes due to his age, but he does not require long-term intervention or treatment,’ the doctor said.
‘I consider that with his activity, with his hygiene and with his diet, he is a person who I think will live to see more years.’
Perez Mora and his brother worked on a farm as children (Picture: Guinness World Records)
Perez Mora credits his long life to four factors: praying twice a day, working hard, getting into bed early – and drinking a cup of aguardiente, an anise-flavoured liquor.
‘My dad is in very good health. He does not suffer from any disease that requires medical treatment,’ his daughter Nelyda Perez told Guinness World Records.
‘The next day after resting, he says he wakes up very well. The whole family is very grateful for my daddy’s health.’
Perez Mora, one of 10 children, was born in the town of El Cobre in Tachira, but his family soon moved to the village of Los Pajuiles, San Jose de Bolivar.
When he was barely five years old, he joined his brothers and dad to work on a farm where they harvested sugar cane and coffee.
Perez Mora is not on any long-term medication (Picture: Reuters)
He did not attend school until he was 10, only to stop five months after when his teacher fell ill.
Yet they had gifted him a book with which he taught himself how to read and write.
The great-great grandfather went on to work as a sheriff in the town of Caricuena for 10 years, becoming Venezuela’s first male supercentenarian when he celebrated his 110th birthday in 2019.
He became the world’s oldest person after Saturnino de la Fuenta Garcia – who was born on 11 February, 1909, in Spain – died at the age of 112 years and 341 days in January.
Perez Mora hopes to be remembered as a hard worker, faithful husband and good Catholic.
‘My uncle Vicente transmits a lot of peace, tranquillity and radiates a lot of joy. He is a person who has a lot to give,’ his nephew Fredy Abreu told Guinness World Records.
‘He enjoys the basics of life and is very grateful to God. His family is his support.’
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