World’s Oldest Woman

May 19, 2011 by staff 

Worlds Oldest WomanWorld’s Oldest Woman, A Brazilian woman 114-year-old was declared the world’s oldest living person Wednesday, 48 days more than Besse Cooper of Monroe. Birth certificates and supporting documents met a consultant from Atlanta who actually Valentim Maria Gomes was born on July 9, 1896. Cooper was born on August 26 that year in Sullivan County, Tennessee, and became the oldest living person January 31 when a Texas woman died. Discover and certification of a new “supercentenarian” more than 110 years of age is rare, let alone someone as verification of the world’s oldest person, according to officials with the Gerontology Research Group.

“It is not common. It is common for us to make false or exaggerated claims,”said Dr. L. Stephen Coles, executive director of the IBC, which studies the exceptionally long-lived people and verifies their age. The discovery – confirmed by Robert D. Atlanta Young, principal investigator of the IBC claims – moves two Athens-area supercentenarians a bit more on the list of the 10 oldest living human beings. Cooper, who celebrated her 114th birthday last August, moves to second. Leila Denmark in Athens, a retired doctor who turned 113 on Feb. 1, is now the tenth oldest person.

Valentim attributes her longevity to eating a daily circulation of bread for breakfast along with fruit – though that is given to the occasional nip of wine.

She is known as “the old grandmother, and her family says he has a stubborn streak and has always made a habit of dealing with their own business. They also say that her father lived to 100.

“She says she has lived so long because she has always taken care of her own life – not the lives of others,” said the granddaughter of Jane Ribeiro Moraes, 63, a local newspaper. Moraes added that Valentim has a great affection for Feijoada – Brazil’s national dish, a hearty bean stew with various cuts of salted pork – “. With a lot of hot sauce” and chicken patties Empada A professor of gerontology Brazilian who works with the IBC heard of Valentim and drove six hours to her hometown of Carangola in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais to investigate, said Coles.

The teacher by email copies of various documents to the young, who also serves as senior consultant on gerontology for Guinness World Records. Valentim 1,896 documents including birth certificate, a marriage certificate in 1913 and a record of the birth of her son in 1916. “They had sufficient evidence that the birth certificate was right,” said Young, adding that it is rare to see a new high-oldest person.

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