World's oldest person celebrates 116th birthday
Published 06/07/2015 | 19:40
An American woman who celebrated her 116th birthday has officially been recognised as the world's oldest living person.
Susannah Mushatt Jones, whose grandparents were slaves in the United States, celebrated her 116th birthday in New York alongside family and friends.
Ms Jones was born in Alabama in 1899 and is the last living person on earth thought to have been born in the 19th centaury.
Graduating from high school in 1922, she moved to New York to work as a housekeeper and childcare provider, according to the Guinness World Records and the Vandalia Senior Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, where she lives.
The 116-year-old, who retired in 1965, said lots of sleep was the secret to her longevity. She also claims to have never drank or smoked.
She was the third of 11 children born to sharecroppers, and her grandparents were slaves, according to a book written about her by a family member.
Never having children herself, Ms Jones has more than 100 nieces and nephews.
Of her husband, according to the nursing home, she said she can not remember what happened to him.
Ms Jones inherited the title of world's oldest living person after the June 17 death of Jeralean Talley, who was 116, in Michigan.
She is the third consecutive American to hold the title of world's oldest person.
The world's second oldest person is Emma Morano-Martinuzzi, a 115-year-old woman living in Italy, according to the Gerontology Research Group.
The oldest verified person was Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997 at 122 years and 164 days, Young said.