Oldest woman in the world named as Besse Cooper, 114

Besse Cooper has officially been named as the oldest person in the world, having reached the ripe old age of 114.

Guinness World Records officially named the great-great-grandmother as the person who has lived the longest, following the death of Eunice G Sanborn earlier this year.

The feat was certified by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which confirms the age of supercentarians - people who have lived to be at least 110 years old.

Ms Cooper was born in Tennessee in 1896, during the second term of president Grover Cleveland.

During the First World War, she moved to Georgia to teach and married her husband of 40 years in the 1920s, The Daily Telegraph reports.

She previously told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that her long life is down to minding her own business and not eating junk food.

Ms Cooper was presented with a plaque recognising her achievement at the Monroe nursing home in Georgia. Joining her for the small ceremony were a number of relatives, including her 75-year-old son.

Earlier this year, Ramjeet Raghav was reported as being the oldest Dad in the world at the age of 94. The nonagenarian and his partner Shakuntala have a two-month-old son named Vikramjeet.

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