Friday, January 4, 2019

A Curious Motivation for "Oldest Ever" Fraud

Recent news reports are focusing on the history of Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the purported age of 122 years and 164 days, a record that is still unsurpassed.

Some are convinced that she was not that old, and the possible motivation for the fraud is interesting.  Did a daughter assume the identity of her mother, rather earlier in the history, to avoid paying inheritance taxes?  One researcher notes the lack of any evidence of dementia as a clue.  

For more, see  "Researchers Claim  World Record for Longest Life a Case of ID Fraud" from CBS News.

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Actuaries who have delved into exceptionally old persons have found that the substitution of a child's identity for a parent's is a common explanation, adding a full generation to the apparent age. Generally, it's thought that cytology makes 120 a kind of survival ceiling, but who knows what modern medical research may achieve.

Posted by: Jack Cumming | Jan 4, 2019 7:09:28 AM

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