INKSTER, Mich. — A 115-year-old Detroit-area woman is listed as the world’s oldest living person following the death of a 116-year-old Arkansas woman.
Jeralean Talley of Inkster tops a list maintained by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which tracks the world’s longest-living people. Gertrude Weaver, who was the oldest documented person for a few days, died Monday.
Talley was born May 23, 1899. Asked for her key to longevity, the Detroit Free Press reports she echoed previous answers on the topic. She says: “It’s coming from above. That’s the best advice I can give you. It’s not in my hands or your hands.”
She says people should “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.”