Meet the world's oldest person

What does the world's oldest person do to pass time?

Answer: She watches television programmes like The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Wheel of Fortune.

American Jeralean Talley belongs to a rare club. At 115 years, she is among the one in five million people who live to at least 110 years old.

According to US census records, she was born in Georgia in 1899 and will turn 116 on May 23.

That means she was born before inventions like the vacuum cleaner came along.

Ms Tally was given the "world's oldest" title after the deaths of Japan's Misao Okawa last week (age 117) and American Gertrude Weaver on Monday (age 116). 

She told Time magazine in a phone interview on April 6:

"I feel good... I don’t feel sick. I’m still trying to do the right thing is all.”

WATCH: Jeralean Talley celebrate her 115th birthday 

Daughter Thelma Holloway, 77, said her mother is generally in good health and is still a night owl, often staying awake as late as midnight. 

She added:

“(Mum) doesn’t get around like she used to, but she doesn’t have any pains and walks around the house.”

Family friend Michael Kinloch, 56, said: "It's truly incredible because Ms Talley is very aware of what's going on. Her mental state is very sharp."

And if you were wonder for a tip to living past your centenary, Ms Talley offers this advice:

"I ain't got nothing more but to treat the other fellow like you want to be treated. You don't tell a lie on me so I won't tell a lie on you."

Sources: Detroit Free Press, YouTube, Time magazine


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