Guatemalan May Be World's Oldest Person at 120
Juana Chox Yac is a new arrival for centenarian researchers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2014 3:50 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The world may have a surprise new "oldest person," and by a good margin, reports AFP. A daily newspaper in Guatemala reports that a woman named Juana Chox Yac has a government birth certificate that puts her age at 120. That would make her four years older than the current No. 1, Japan's Misao Okawa. But the Washington Post notes that the two leading authorities on such matters—the Guinness Book of World Records and the Gerontology Research Group—apparently have yet to confirm.

Yac is an indigenous Mayan who was born in a farming village called Santa Lucia Utatlan. She married at 15 and had two kids, but her husband died nine years later. She remarried at age 29 and had seven more children before becoming a widow for the second time in 1964. Government officials describe her as "lucid" and looking forward to her 121st birthday in November. (Click to read about what it's like to be 100.)

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ChurchillOtieno
May 31, 2014 9:02 AM CDT
At the age of 120, she still pick up coffee and tend sheep. that's grt :)
Jonathan Buttall
May 29, 2014 1:53 AM CDT
This news service is apparently unaware that it has been routine for many generations for poor countries with little record keeping to make unrealistic claims over the age of their older citizens. This sort of practice was debunked a long time ago by the Guinness Book of World Records. Only countries with real record keeping can present such records as being verified.
Bundy714
May 29, 2014 1:47 AM CDT
Calling B.S. on this one. They haven't even been issuing birth certificates in the USA for 120 years, but they have in Guatemala....yeah right.