Incredible to think that Besse Cooper has lived, experienced and witnessed extraordinary changes over three separate centuries to claim the title of "World's Oldest Person". I'm not sure I could give up junk food though...
114-year-old reveals longevity secrets
Besse Cooper, right, who at 114 years and five months old, is the world's oldest person, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, talks with her son Sid Cooper in her room at a nursing home on Tuesday in Monroe, Ga.
At 114 years old and counting, Besse Cooper says it's "rather great" to be the oldest person in the world.
Cooper, who is 114 years and 5 months old, assumed the mantle of the oldest living person after the death Monday of Eunice G. Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group. The group certifies supercentenarians — people who are 110 or older.
She was born in Sullivan County, Tenn., on Aug. 26, 1896, during the second term of President Grover Cleveland.
But Cooper has her own idea: "I mind my own business and I don't eat junk food," she said at her 113th birthday celebration, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
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One of eight children, she was a tomboy and loved tagging along with her two older brothers, climbing trees and splashing in rivers. She carried that active lifestyle and love of outdoors into adulthood. That, plus good genes, is probably the secret to her longevity, her son said.