After the death of Sister Andre, a French nun considered to be the oldest living person in the world, this title was taken over by María Branyas Morera, according to the Gerontology Research Group. The Frenchwoman died less than a month before her 118th birthday, while Morera, who lives in Spain, will turn 116 this year.
Information about Andre’s sister, Lucile Randon, diedhanded over to the Reuters Agency on Tuesday a retirement home in Toulon in the south Francewhere she lived. The nun died at the age of 118 years and 340 days, her 119th birthday would have been celebrated in February. According to the world list of supercentenarians of the Gerontology Research Group (GRG), an American scientific and research organization, Andre’s sister was the oldest living person in the world. In April last year, when the Japanese woman Kane Tanaka died at the age of 119 years and 107 days, she was also included in the Guinness World Records.
The oldest living people in the world
Now, after the death of a French nun, María Branyas Morera, a Spanish woman, is recognized as the oldest living person in the world. As we read on the GRG website, Morera is currently exactly 115 years and 320 days old. She will celebrate her 116th birthday on March 4. She was born in 1907 in San Francisco, USA, where her father worked as a journalist for a Spanish-language newspaper. When María was seven years old, her parents decided to return to Spain. The family settled in Catalonia, where Morera spent the rest of her life.
She has been living in a nursing home in Olot, Catalonia, for over twenty years. In 2020, a Spanish woman became infected coronavirusbut she recovered quickly. In her youth, Morera lost her hearing in one ear as a result of an accident. However, her eyesight was good enough that at the age of 110 she was able to read a newspaper on her own. The 115-year-old also has her own Twitter account, but it is doubtful that she runs it alone.
Second place on the list of the oldest living people is now occupied by Fusa Tatsumi z Japan. She is less than two months younger than the Spaniard – she will turn 116 on April 25. Rounding out the podium was California-born Edith “Edie” Ceccarelli. She is clearly younger than Morera and Tatsumi who are ahead of her in the classification. She was born in 1908, a year after them, on May 2 she will celebrate her 115th birthday.
The oldest people in history
Jeanne Calment is considered to be the oldest living person of the GRG. Born in 1875, the Frenchwoman died at the age of 122 years and 164 days in 1997. The second place in the longevity ranking is occupied by the aforementioned Tanaka, who died more than three months after her 119th birthday. Right behind her is the third person who could boast of the age of 119 years. Sarah Knauss from the United States died in 1999 when she was 119 years and 97 days old. In fourth place is sister Andre. No one other than the four mentioned above lived to see their 118th birthday, or at least there are no cases where it has been officially confirmed.
The oldest person in Poland
Until recently, the second oldest living person in the world was a Pole, Tekla Juniewicz from Gliwice. Tekla died on the night of August 18/19, 2022, she was exactly 116 years and 70 days old. Juniewicz was ranked first on the list of the longest-lived Poles in history and 21st on the list of the longest-living people ever in the world. As noted by the oldest Poles portal, the woman was the first person in Poland to reach the age of 112, 113, 114, 115 and 116 respectively. After the death of a resident of Gliwice, the oldest living person in Poland is 111-year-old Elżbieta Rogala from the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.
GRG, “La Vanguardia”, tvn24.pl
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