Michigan Woman Turns 116, World's Oldest

Jeralean Talley celebrates a milestone
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2015 12:31 PM CDT
A photo of Jeralean Talley from last year.   (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Elisha Anderson)

(Newser) – A Detroit-area woman is celebrating her 116th birthday today. Jeralean Talley of Inkster, however, tells the Free Press that she doesn't have a formula for longevity. "There's nothing I can do about it." She was born in Montrose, Georgia, in 1899 and moved to Michigan in the 1930s. Talley's husband died at age 95. The Gerontology Research Group considers Talley to be the oldest person in the world, followed by Susannah Jones of New York state, who turns 116 in July. Talley bowled until she was 104 and still likes to catch fish. (Another old-timer credits a daily can of beer with his longevity.)

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