Alive most commonly refers to Life. It may also refer to:. Publications. Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, a 1974 book by Piers Paul Read which documented the 1972 crash of Uruguayan AirBesse Cooper, who will be 115 years old on Aug. 26, 2011, is the oldest person alive. This photograph was taken in her room at a nursing home Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, in Monroe, Ga.