The Guinness Book of World Records officially identified the oldest woman in the world this week, and at 114 years old she represents just one of the growing number of ‘super-centenarians’ that are living to astounding ages all across the globe.
Misao Okawa is the Japanese daughter of a kimono maker and was reportedly “very happy” to receive this stamp of worldwide recognition. Although she needs to regularly use wheelchairs and stairlifts, Misao Okawa lives a fulfilling happy life and is a prominent member of her large family, who joined her as she was given the award by the Guinness World Records.
When asked about her secret to longevity, she said that people should “watch out for one’s health”, something which has clearly served her well as she will be celebrating her 115th birthday next week on 5 March. To celebrate her birthday, she is sure to be surrounded again by her family, which totals three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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