Born in 1899, oldest American turns 115


The oldest-living American, a member of a select group of the living to have been born in the 19th century, has celebrated her 115th birthday.

Jeralean Talley, who was born May 23, 1899, celebrated Friday as the second-oldest person in the world, according to a list maintained by the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks the world’s longest-living people.

She went fishing last year and still gets around on her own with the help of a walker.

On her birthday, Talley was planning to visit her doctor for a checkup, although she says she doesn’t feel sick. The Michigan resident plans to celebrate with family and friends at a local church on Sunday.

Talley’s knees occasionally hurt, her right hand shakes, she has a hard time hearing and her memory comes and goes.

Her answer as to why she has lived so long hasn’t changed over the years.

“It’s all in the good Lord’s hands,” Talley told the Detroit Free Press. “There’s nothing I can do about it.