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    Woman Breaks Record for Ukranian Longevity


    by NTDTelevision

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    The most elderly resident of the planet was Frenchwoman Jeanne-Louise Calment, who died at the age of 122. Our correspondents from Kiev met with a another very senior Ukrainian and learned the secret to living over a century and raising four generations in the process.

    The National Register of Records in Ukraine has added a new name.

    Meet Eugenia Markianovna Tebenchuk, who broke the record for the country's oldest woman... checking in at 109-years-old.

    [Vladislav Reznik, National Registry of Records of Ukraine]:
    "We present a diploma certifying that Eugenia Markianovna celebrated 109 years and 74 days. And today this is the only verified, proven record in Ukraine according to the Ministry of Justice and the central registry. Congratulations!"

    Eugenia has seen and done much in her life... taught 62 years... and lived during the days of Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia.

    Despite her age, Eugenia prefers to live alone, and does all the housework herself.

    [Olga Shevchenko, Eugeina's Granddaughter]:
    "She does not like to wear a casual gown like many women and grandmothers. She always gets up early, takes care of herself, tidies up, dresses, and is always ready to welcome guests, because she always dresses cleanly and always with her hair done up."


    Her family said optimism and a positive attitude towards people adds force to their grandmother, and besides, she never complains.

    So what's the secret of living long?


    Eugenia also has advice for the younger generation.

    [Eugenia Tebenchuk, 109-Years-Old]:
    "For youth the most important thing is to like school, to study. Then the job will be good. And never become addicted to alcohol."

    Eugenia's family has one more thing they want her to do in life: to bring her great grandson to school when he is of age.

    NTD News, Kyiv, Ukraine