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Oldest Person in US: A No-Nonsense 113-Year-Old Named Adele

Even Adele Dunlap's 86-year-old son doesn't know her longevity secret

(Newser) - A 113-year-old New Jersey woman is the new holder of the title of oldest American, the AP reports. Adele Dunlap became the country's oldest person earlier this month following the death of Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Mass., per the Record . She's also the 10th oldest person in the... More »

Last American Born in 19th Century Dies

Susannah Jones was the world's oldest person

(Newser) - Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world's oldest person, has died in New York at age 116. Robert Young, a senior consultant for the Gerontology Research Group, says Jones died at a senior home in Brooklyn, NY, Thursday night. He says she had been ill for the past 10 days, the... More »

Why Women Live Longer Than Men

Differences in life expectancy became pronounced in the late 1800s

(Newser) - There's a reason we don't typically call Earth's oldest person the oldest woman in the world—the oldest person is pretty much always a woman. In fact, just two of the world's 53 living supercentenarians (people 110 and older) are men, reports IFL Science . But why... More »

World's Oldest Person Dead at 116

Which means that a Brooklyn woman takes her place

(Newser) - Jeralean Talley managed to reign as the world's oldest person for a little more than two months. But the 116-year-old Michigan woman died yesterday at home, "just where she wanted to be," her daughter tells AP . Talley's death means that Susannah Jones of Brooklyn now gets... More »

Michigan Woman Turns 116, World's Oldest

Jeralean Talley celebrates a milestone

(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... More »

116-Year-Old Dies After Week as World's Oldest

Gertrude Weaver credited her longevity in part to being kind

(Newser) - Gertrude Weaver was the oldest-known living person on Earth for nearly a week, and she got a kick out of it, too, NBC News reports. When 117-year-old Misao Okawa died of heart failure on April 1, Weaver took the top spot at age 116 and basked in the limelight from... More »

World's Oldest Person Dies Weeks After 117th Birthday

Japan's Misao Okawa was widowed in 1931

(Newser) - The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died today, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. Misao Okawa died of heart failure and stopped breathing as relatives and nursing home workers stood by her side and praised her long, healthy life, said Tomohiro Okada, an official at her... More »

World's Oldest Person Became Widow 84 Years Ago

Almost 117-year-old Misao Okawa loves sushi and shut-eye

(Newser) - Surrounded by flowers and family and wearing a pink kimono, the oldest person in the world celebrated her birthday a day early today in Osaka, Japan. Born on March 5, 1898, Misao Okawa turns 117 tomorrow, and even she's not entirely sure why. "I wonder about that, too,... More »

Arkansas Woman Is Oldest American

Gertrude Weaver just turned 116

(Newser) - Gertrude Weaver celebrated a birthday this week that puts her into rare company. The Arkansas woman turned 116, and the AP rounds up some of the resulting milestones: She is the oldest person in the US, the second-oldest person in the world, and the 11th oldest person of all time.... More »

Guatemalan May Be World's Oldest Person at 120

Juana Chox Yac is a new arrival for centenarian researchers

(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... More »

This May Be the Oldest Person Ever Documented

Carmelo Flores Laura reportedly 123 years old

(Newser) - If Bolivia's public records are correct, Carmelo Flores Laura is the oldest living person ever documented. They say he turned 123 a month ago. The native Aymara lives in a straw-roofed dirt-floor hut in an isolated hamlet near Lake Titicaca at 13,100 feet; he's illiterate, speaks no... More »

Oldest Man in History Dies

Japan's Jiroemon Kimura was 116

(Newser) - Japan's Jiroemon Kimura has died after living longer than any man in recorded history. The 116-year-old was born in 1897, the same year as Amelia Earhart and a time when the average male life expectancy in Japan was just 44, the BBC reports. "He has an amazingly strong... More »

'Oldest Person' Title Changes Every .65 Years

Because mathematicians wanted to know, that's why

(Newser) - The headline crops up every so often, one about the "oldest person in the world" dying. But only a mathematician or someone in a macabre betting pool would wonder exactly how often, and that's what prompted the site Stackexchange to put the question to its math-loving readership. The... More »

World's Oldest Person Dies in Georgia at 116

Besse Cooper fought for women's right to vote

(Newser) - A former schoolteacher in Georgia has died after spending nearly two years as the oldest person alive. Besse Cooper died peacefully at the age of 116 yesterday, not long after she had her hair done and watched a Christmas video in the nursing home where she had lived since 2001,... More »

Georgia Woman Now World's Oldest Person (Again)

Besse Cooper is closing in on her 115th birthday

(Newser) - The world's oldest person is now Besse Cooper of Georgia, at 114 years and 230 days, reports CNN . She gains the Guinness Book of World Records title with the passing of Brazil's Maria Gomes Valentim, who was just shy of her 115th birthday. Cooper actually held the title... More »

At 114, Brazilian Woman Is Oldest Living Person

Woman born before Ford Motor Company, Ira Gershwin

(Newser) - A 114-year-old Brazilian, Maria Gomes Valentim, is the world's oldest living human, according to Guinness World Records. She attributes her longevity to eating a daily roll of bread for breakfast along with fruit, and the occasional nip of wine (her father also lived to be 100). Valentim, known as... More »

Texas Woman Now World's Oldest Person

Eunice Sanborn is 114

(Newser) - The woman considered to be the world's oldest person has died in the French Caribbean island of St. Barts. Eugenie Blanchard, 114, had been a nun with the nickname of "Sweets" because of her kind nature. Next in line is an American, Eunice G. Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas. She... More »

230K Japanese Centenarians Missing

Hundreds would be 150 years old if still alive

(Newser) - Either there's a massive, secret senior center somewhere, or there's a whole lot of fraud going on in Japan. After discovering that Tokyo's oldest man had actually been dead for 30 years , the country starting calling on its centenarians—and in addition to one gruesome find , it's discovered that some... More »

104-Year-Old Tokyo Woman Found in Backpack

Her son kept her there for nine years, he says

(Newser) - After discovering that Tokyo’s (supposedly) oldest man had been dead for 30 years and its oldest woman is missing , police began a search for other Japanese centenarians—and found one in her son’s backpack. The remains of the 104-year-old woman were stuffed in the pack for nine years,... More »

Now Tokyo's 'Oldest' Woman Is Missing

Authorities check up on elderly after 'oldest' man found to have died 30 years ago

(Newser) - Authorities in Tokyo are having trouble keeping track of their oldest citizens. Officials who went to check on the city's oldest woman discovered that she hadn't been seen in decades. Fusa Furuya would be 113 if she's still alive, but her daughter told local authorities that she hasn't seen her... More »

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