GRG News for 2019


Scientists refute the Russian conspiracy theory on Jeanne Calment's alleged identity theft.

Jan. 12, 2019; The world's oldest person record stood for decades. Then came a Russian conspiracy theory. (Report by Washington Post)

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Disclaimer: Robert's private comments on a password-protected private message board were not intended for public distribution. How they ended up on the Facebook page of another entity is under investigation.


Lessie Brown, 114, Oldest Living American, Passes away

Jan. 11, 2019; The Gerontology Research Group informs that the oldest person in the USA, Lessie Brown, died on Jan. 8, 2019 at the age of 114 years, 108 days.

Lessie Brown was born as Lessie Barnes in Stockbridge, Georgia. She left school after the eighth grade, working full time on her parents' farm. In 1921, the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Lessie met her future husband Robert Brown at a Halloween party in 1924. They married the following year, and had five children - three girls and two boys. Robert died in 1991. Three of their children were still alive at the time of Lessie Brown's 110th birthday: Verline Wilson, Vivian Hatchern and Robert Brown, along with 29 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

During her life in Cleveland, Brown worked at the Statler Hotel and Mount Sinai Hospital. After her husband's death, she moved to live with her daughter Verline in University Heights. Later on, the two moved to the Concord Apartments in 1996.

Brown avoided alcohol, according to her family. Instead they attributed her long life to regular consumption of sweet potatoes, which she ate nearly every day until well after her 100th birthday, and to her belief in God. According to her family, she inspired all her children and grandchildren how to pray, and she even prayed on her knees at the side of her bed until she could couldn't kneel anymore.

On her 112th birthday, she received a letter from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. She voted for him twice in the 2008 and 2012 US Presidential Election.

Lessie Brown became the oldest known living person in the United States upon the death of 114-year old Delphine Gibson on 9 May 2018. Following Mrs. Brown's passing, the oldest validated living person in the United States is 113-year old Alelia Murphy of New York.

A more detailed article can be found here.

Lessie Brown on her 114th birthday with her daughters: Verline and Vivian.
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Kane Tanaka, World`s Oldest Person, Celebrates her 116th birthday

Jan. 6, 2019; The Gerontology Research Group informs that the world`s oldest person, Kane Tanaka of Japan, celebrated her 116th birthday on Jan. 2, 2019.

Kane Tanaka was born in the village of Kazuki, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. During World War II, she worked in a store selling rice cakes, together with her husband Hideo Tanaka. After Hideo and her son died during the war, she continued to work in the store before retiring at the age of 63. In the 1970s, she visited the United States, where she has several nieces and nephews. Since 2005, she has lived in a care home in Fukuoka City.

According to her family, Mrs. Tanaka attributes her longevity to her faith in God and eating foods such as rice, small fish and soup, as well as drinking lots of water. She also credited a strong appetite and her liking of sweets, plus drinking three canned coffees a day, carbonated drinks, and various nutritional drinks for her longevity.

Kane Tanaka became the oldest living person in Japan, as well as the world`s oldest person, after the death of 117-year old Chiyo Miyako of Kanagawa Prefecture on July 22, 2018. She said then she would like to live another five years to the age of 120.

A more detailed article can be found here.

Kane Tanaka with Fukuoka City mayor in September 2018.
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