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World's Oldest Person Dies at 118
World's Oldest
Person Dies at 118

World's Oldest Person Dies at 118

Sister Andre, born Lucile Randon, spent decades serving as a French nun

(Newser) - The world's oldest known person, a French nun who survived two pandemics , died Tuesday at age 118. Sister André also holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest nun who ever lived, and was also the oldest known person to survive COVID-19. She was born Lucile Randon on February...

Goodbye to an American Said to Be the Nation's Oldest

Iowa's Bessie Laurena Hendricks has died at age 115

(Newser) - Bessie Laurena Hendricks was born in Iowa, and she died in Iowa, with more than a century sandwiched in between those two dates. A local funeral home delivers the news that the Lake City resident—thought to be the oldest person in the United States, per the Gerontology Research Group—...

See How the World's Oldest Person Stays Alive

Kane Tanaka likes studying math and playing Othello

(Newser) - A 116-year-old Japanese woman who loves playing the board game Othello was honored Saturday as the world's oldest living person by Guinness World Records, the AP reports. The global authority on records officially recognized Kane Tanaka in a ceremony at the nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka, in...

Oldest Person in US Dies at 114
Oldest Person in US
Dead at 114

Oldest Person in US Dead at 114

Lessie Brown attributed her long life to 'God's will'

(Newser) - Lessie Brown, a 114-year-old Ohio woman who was believed to be the oldest person in the United States , died Tuesday, her grandson said. Brown, who had been living with one of her daughters, died at the home in Cleveland Heights, according to Ronald Wilson. Brown said in 2013 it was...

'Aunt V,' World's Oldest Person, Dies at 117

Jamaica resident Violet Brown credited her long life to hard work, Christian faith

(Newser) - The world's oldest person has died in Jamaica. Violet Brown was 117 years and 189 days old, the AP reports. The woman known as "Aunt V" died Friday at a local hospital, where she had been treated for heart arrhythmia and dehydration. Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed his...

Last Living Person Born in 1800s Has a Birthday

Congrats to Emma Morano of Italy, oldest person in the world, on her 117th birthday

(Newser) - When Emma Morano entered this world, the Second Boer War had just begun , Cuba had just been freed from Spanish rule, and NYC's Windsor Hotel had recently burned down. Let us complete the history timeline for you: It was November 29, 1899, making Morano—who's still watching the...

Why Women Live Longer Than Men
 Why Women 
 Live Longer 
 Than Men 


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...

This 46-Year-Old Woman's Baby Set a Record

Belinda Slaughter gave birth via IVF, using her own fresh eggs

(Newser) - A 46-year-old Florida woman became a new mom to a healthy baby boy last year via IVF—and though it's not unheard of for a woman to deliver a baby at her age, what's medically remarkable is that Belinda Slaughter didn't use frozen or donated embryos, but...

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...

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,...

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