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Honoring the Life of the World’s Oldest Person

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

At 116 years of age, Susannah Mushatt Jones was the oldest person in the world until she passed away in her sleep on May 12, 2016. Miss Jones belonged to a unique group of elderly seniors known as supercentenarians as her life spanned beyond 110 years. According to Guinness World Records consultant and the Supercentenarian Research and Database Division director Robert Young, she was also the last living American to be born in the 1800s. This information gives hope to Nashville live-in caregivers and those who hope to learn the key to longevity.

Jones’ Amazing Life

Jones was born in Alabama on July 6, 1899. Her father supported the family by picking cotton. She attended the Calhoun Colored School, which boasted having Booker T. Washington as a board member. Upon graduation, she moved to New York and worked as a live-in childcare provider and housekeeper. Despite her meager wages throughout the years, Jones managed to pay for the college education of three of her nieces. During her long life, 20 U.S. presidents held office and there were two world wars. She also lived to see the introduction of the automobile, the airplane, television, computers and the Internet.

Ongoing Aging Research

Researchers around the world are continually studying centenarians and supercentenarians in an attempt to learn the secrets behind their amazing longevity. In the United States, there are approximately 50,000 living people who are over the age of 100. Dr. Nir Barzilai, who leads a team of scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Institute for Aging Research department, shares that teams continually evaluate the life stories, genetic backgrounds and medical histories of these people.

Surprisingly, a healthy lifestyle is not what keeps the elect group of seniors going. Many are overweight, smoke, drink and only get moderate amounts exercise. For mysterious reasons, their unique genetic make-up slows the natural aging process. While these exceptional seniors eventually develop age-related diseases, the medical conditions do not emerge until decades later than the average adult.

While it’s still unclear what causes this amazing longevity, many believe it can be achieved with help from a reliable home care agency in Nashville, TN. Call Home Care Assistance of Nashville at (615) 656-4999 today to learn how our comprehensive in-home care can help your loved one achieve longevity and wellbeing. We will customize a live-in or hourly care schedule to meet your loved one’s unique needs and preserve his or her independence at home. Talk to a trusted Care Manager to schedule a no-obligation consultation today.