The World’s Oldest Woman


Meet Emma Morano, age 116.

This article, written by Olivier Morin, and Angus MacKinnon in Rome, appears on Yahoo.

History beckons for Italy’s 116-year-old record breaker

As a young woman in the roaring 1920s, the world’s oldest living person loved to go singing and dancing.

Now 116-year-old Italian Emma Morano’s next challenge is to see in the 2020s and become the oldest human being on record.

The last known surviving child of the 19th century is enjoying the spotlight after succeeding American Susannah Mushatt Jones, who died last week, as the oldest person on the planet.

And on the evidence of AFP’s visit to her this weekend, Morano could very well go on long enough to surpass Jeanne Calment’s record.

The Frenchwoman died in 1997 at 122 years and 164 days, the oldest recorded age achieved by a human being.

Morano was having the first of her two daily naps when AFP came calling at her tiny second-storey apartment in Verbania, a small town on the shores of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.

But her carer had no doubt that she would want to have her picture taken once again. Read more on Yahoo…

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