Aileen Kars

New Zealand

  • Full name: Aileen Emily Kars
  • Lifespan: 12.09.1913 – present
  • Age: 110 years
  • Birthplace: Tokomaru, Manawatu-Whanganui, New Zealand
  • Last residence: Palmerston North, Manawatu-Whanganui, New Zealand
  • Application date: 25.10.2023
  • Validation date: 03.12.2023
  • Validation source: Oliver Trim/Waclaw Jan Kroczek

Biography

Aileen Kars was born on 12 September 1913 on the Burnbrae farm in Tokomaru, Manawatu-Whanganui, New Zealand. She was raised on a farm, milking cows. Kar’s husband Les died after 54 years of marriage, but their legacy included two sons, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. However, limited mobility and a global pandemic, made it difficult to maintain relationships.

Kars maintained an independent lifestyle until the day before her 100th birthday in 2013, after which it was decided that she would move into a retirement home. She attributes her longevity to drinking plenty of water and maintaining a happy disposition.

Following the passing of 110-year-old Joan Brennan on 29 July 2022, Kars became the oldest known living person in New Zealand.

In September 2023, Kars celebrated her 110th birthday, achieving supercentenarian status.

Her age underwent verification by Oliver Trim and Waclaw Jan Kroczek, and the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) validated it on 3 December 2023.

Aileen Kars currently resides in a retirement home in Palmerston North, Manawatu-Whanganui, New Zealand, at the age of 110 years, 108 days.

When told she was the third-oldest person in New Zealand since World War II veteran Ron Hermanns died at the beginning of September 2021, she said “surely not”, and accepted the news with a level of ambivalence.

“I’m grateful for everything I have.” “I’ve had a good life … you need to have a good nature [to live this long]. I always got along well with others. My mother was incredible, she’d say ‘do unto others as you like done unto you’,” she said. “You get out what you put in.”

Longevity Recognition

  • Doyenne of New Zealand (29.07.2022 – present)

Validation

The age of Aileen Kars underwent meticulous examination and verification by Oliver Trim, and Waclaw Jan Kroczek, and was subsequently validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) as of Dec. 3, 2023.

Aileen Kars around age 29 with her son Russell Kars, now in his 80s, in 1942.

Aileen Kars with her extended family, believed to be pictured on her 90th birthday.

Aileen Kars at age 105.

Aileen Kars at age 107.

Aileen Kars at age 108.

Aileen Kars at age 109.

Aileen Kars at age 110.

Photo courtesy of stuff.co.nz.

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