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Monday, August 14, 2017

Meet the Jamaican Woman Who is the Oldest Person in the World at Age 117 -- And Her 97-Year Old Son!

Violet Mosses Brown, oldest person in the world

Violet Mosses Brown from Jamaica eats whatever she wants. It seems to have worked well for her because she is now the oldest living human in the world and has no major illnesses.

Imagine being born in the year 1900 and not only still living but also still enjoying the company of her 97-year-old son. Brown received the title of oldest human in the world recently when the last honoree died at the age of 117. Both honorees were women.

Her secret to long live

In spite of her age, Brown stays active by reading and attending church. She also loves to sing, and she can recite a poem she learned in grade school more than a hundred years ago.

Brown thinks young people have it too easy today. She worked hard as a dressmaker, domestic helper, and a farmer. She said sometimes it makes her cry to think how hard she had to work. She remembers when she had to walk three miles barefooted to fetch water and be home in time to go to school by 9 a.m.

What she eats

Brown does not eat pork or chicken but she eats just about anything else. The Jamaica Observer recently stated that she “likes fish and mutton and sometimes she will have cow foot.” She also likes locally grown produce such as sweet potatoes, breadfruit, oranges and mangoes.

If you had to sum up what Brown attributes to her longevity, it would be hard work, devotion to the Baptist church and respect for family, life and people in general, according to Brown. She also adds,“Thank God for what he has given to me."

Watch her interview below:
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