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Following the recent passing of Jeralean Talley at the age of 116, Brooklyn resident Susannah Mushatt Jones is now the world’s oldest person, as confirmed by Gerontology Research Group.
Jones, who turns 116 on July 6th, was born and raised in Lowndes, Alabama, the third oldest of 11 children. She moved to New York City in 1923, where she worked as a nanny for several wealthy families until retiring in 1965.
Today, Susannah Mushatt Jones starts off everyday with a hearty breakfast, complete with bacon. She also fancies fine lingerie. Her niece, Selbra Mushatt tells TIME,
“She would save her money and then go to Bloomingdale’s,’” her niece, Selbra Mushatt, told TIME last year. “One time, when she had to get an EKG, the doctors and nurses were surprised to see her wearing that lingerie, and she said, ‘Oh sure, you can never get too old to wear fancy stuff.’”
TIME reports that Jones is in good health, considering her age, but has been blind from glaucoma since 2000 and is also hard of hearing and uses a wheelchair. She attributes her long healthy life to her faith in God.