World's Oldest Person Dies at Age 116

Guinness World Records determined Besse Cooper was the world's oldest person in January, 2011, when she was just 115 years old (and today, on my sister's birthday, I was just teasing her about getting closer to age 40, but maybe 40 is the new 60 now)! Earlier today, in a nursing home in Monroe, Georgia, just 45 miles from Atlanta, Ms. Cooper passed away, as announced by her son Sidney Cooper. She was 116 years old. Now imagine for a moment if all of the Baby Boomer generation, predicted to live longer, live to be 116...even more debates about Medicare changes could be taking place in Congress as we figure out how to pay for senior care for all these years. Ms. Cooper, however, was still interacting with others and living life. She was reading books and watched a Christmas video and had her hair fixed, said her son, looking "ready to go". Last year on Cooper's 115th birthday, she celebrated with friends and relatives, enjoyed two small slivers of birthday cake and was serenaded by a musician from Nashville who sang "Tennessee Waltz." The Cooper family is still planning the funeral which will likely be held later this week. a funeral for his mother later this week. No reports yet if there will be any special studies of her body to figure out how her lifestyle and genetics led to a much longer life than most. The title of world's oldest person now belongs to 115-year-old Dina Manfredini, of Johnston, Iowa, reports the Guinness World Records. The oldest known person of all time was Jeanne Calment, a French woman who lived to be 122 years old and died in 1997.

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