You may have unfortunately heard of the recent passing of Kane Tanaka, the Japanese woman who was holding the Guinness World Record for the oldest living person. At 119 years old, Tanaka passed away after a long, fulfilling life full of doing and eating the things she enjoyed the most. And now, after Tanaka’s death, the Guinness World Record is being held by a 118-year old French nun named Sister André.
So of course, it’s only natural to want to know all about André’s life in case it holds any shocking secrets to longevity, especially because Andre even survived getting COVID-19 in 2021!
However, it seems as though her secrets to a long life lie in the simple things: helping others and enjoying her favorite foods and drinks every day.
Sister André was born as Lucile Randon in 1904, and grew up in the southern region of France. Most of Randon’s life has been dedicated to helping others, especially through her service as a Catholic nun. But according to CNN, before Randon became a nun, she had spent almost 30 years working in a hospital helping orphans and the elderly, which is something that she started during World War II.
And this desire to help others, which became Sister André’s mission in life, has given her a lasting purpose throughout her entire life. She gave a recent interview to reporters from her hospice home in Toulan, where she told them that working hard to help others is one of her secrets to longevity.
“People say that work kills, for me work kept me alive, I kept working until I was 108,” said Sister André. “People should help each other and love each other instead of hating. If we shared all that, things would be a lot better.”