It was just a routine birthday for Jeralean Talley on May 23 – a visit to the doctor in the morning, and a cake in the afternoon – except that she turned 115. But please don’t remind her about it.
Michigan resident Talley is believed to be the oldest person in the US and the second-oldest in the world, according to Gerontology Research Group, which validates ages of the world’s longest-living people. The only person in the world confirmed to be older than Talley is Misao Okawa of Japan, who turned 116 in March, according to the Gerontology Research Group.
Talley, who lives in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, credits her faith for her longevity. “It’s the Lord. Everything is in his hands,” she said in an interview at the one-storey brick home she shares with her daughter Thelma Holloway, 76.
Although she now uses a walker, Talley bowled until she was 104. She never smoked or drank alcohol and her only surgery was to have her tonsils removed, she said. “I feel fine. And don’t even remind her how old she’s getting on. Talley is thoroughly unimpressed by the attention from the public and news media she gets now on her birthday. “I’m sick of it,” Talley said.
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