Husband and Wife Married For 80 Years Are Named Oldest Couple In The World

A Japanese couple who are a combined age of 208 were just named the oldest couple in the world by the Guinness World Records.

Masao Matsumoto, 108, and Miyako Sonoda, 100, have been named the oldest living couple by aggregate age after officials confirmed that they are a combined age of 208 years and 259 days on July 25. The two have five daughters ranging in age from 77 to 66 and 13 grandchildren. On top of that, they are expecting their 25th great-grandchild later this month.

The record for oldest married couple by aggregate age in history is held by Norwegians Karl Dolven and Gurdren Dolven, who had a combined age of 210 years, 1 month and 34 days when Gudrun died in 2004.

Masao and Miyako grew up on the Oita prefecture and were introduced to each other by a mutual friend. They married in 1937, but were separated a few years later when Masao left home to fight in World War II. Upon his return in 1946, he found work at a harbor, but his job forced Masao and his family to move all over Japan.

These days, Masao and Miyako live in a rest home, where they enjoy many different kinds of activities. Their daughters have credited their longevity to both Masao’s strength and the healthy meals Miyako cooked every day until she was 98.

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