Kama Chinen of Japan, 114, is the world's oldest person according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which monitors supercentenarians or those who have been validated to have lived to be 110 years or older.
JAPAN'S KAMA CHINEN, 114, is now the world's oldest person with the death of Gertrude Baines, 115, who died on Friday in Clifornia. Born in Okinawa, Japan, on May 10, 1895, Kama Chinen is the oldest living person according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group (GRG) which monitors supercentenarians or those who have been validated to have lived to be 110 years or older.
The Gerontology Research Group currently recognises 72 validated living supercentenarians around the world, 68 of them are women and four are men. The real number could be anywhere between 200 and 300, according to GRG but it could not validate their records of birth. Gertrude Baines died in her sleep in the morning hours on Friday in California. Born in 1894, she was in limelight since January 2, 2009, following the death of Portuguese woman Maria de Jesus. She became famous when she voted for Barack Obama for US President last year. She could remember that the last time she had voted was in 1960 for John F Kennedy. Baines had no relatives as her only daughter died in 1928 when she was 18. Since then she lived alone working as a maid at Ohio State University and moved to Los Angeles later. As a Black woman, Baines grew up when slavery laws in the US required Blacks to use separate and often inferior public facilities, Her last vote for Obama who was elected to the highest office in the United States would remain a testimony to the turnaround in social and political values of a country in one's lifetime. She loved to eat bacon and eggs and watched TV programmes like "The Price Is Right" and "Jerry Springer."What's the secret behind her long life? In fact, she never thought that she would live so long. "Ask God... I took good care of myself, the way he wanted me to," is all that she told an interviewer.