Daily beer perks up world's oldest man, 111

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22 November 2004 , DUSSELDORF - Retired electrical engineer Hermann Doernemann, who is 111 and credited as the oldest man in the world, enjoys a daily dark beer, according to his son-in-law Bernd Klein. The German, who lives with his children, gained the title with the death Friday of Fred Hale of the United States at the age of 113. There are 26 women who are older than Doernemann on the list of the very old maintained by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group. It warns that the list is far from

22 November 2004

DUSSELDORF - Retired electrical engineer Hermann Doernemann, who is 111 and credited as the oldest man in the world, enjoys a daily dark beer, according to his son-in-law Bernd Klein.

The German, who lives with his children, gained the title with the death Friday of Fred Hale of the United States at the age of 113.

There are 26 women who are older than Doernemann on the list of the very old maintained by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group. It warns that the list is far from complete, with only about 15 percent of likely "supercentenarians", persons aged 110 and over.

Klein, married to Doernemann's daughter Rita, said at his home in the western German city of Dusseldorf that his father in law took a keen interest in the doings of the family and drank a glass of beer most days.

Doernemann was a senior engineer at German electricity supplier RWE for 40 years.

The Gerontology Research Group estimates the actual number of worldwide living supercentenarians at between 300 and 450, and lists on its website the 61 whom it has been able to verify. http://www.grg.org

DPA

Subject: German news

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