Go Fish, Live Long: World’s Oldest Woman Partially Credits Health to Fishing Trips


Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Michigan will turn 116 this May. Following the recent deaths of 117-year-old Misao Okawa and 116-year-old Getrude Weaver, The supercentenarian is now the oldest living person in the world. Her secrets to a long life? A lot of coffee, no cheese or butter, and eating plenty of fish.

Despite her advanced age, Talley’s family and friends say she is quite robust and goes on a fishing trip at least twice every year. Catfish and trout are her favorite fish to catch.

“It’s truly incredible because Ms. Talley is very aware of what’s going on. Her mental state is very sharp,” Michael Kinloch, a close family friend, told the Detroit Free Press.

Talley was crowned the world’s oldest person after the death of Weaver, who held the title for only five days after the passing of Okawa. Talley is humble about her newfound fame, crediting her long life to her devotion to God and active lifestyle. The great-great grandmother still stays up until midnight and has a love for fast food, and until recently lived alone after the death of her husband in 1988. Yahoo News reported that when she was 108, one of her daughters moved in to take care of her.

“I don’t feel bad,” Talley said. “I don’t feel sick. I feel as good as you do, and I look as good as you do. I just can’t get around as well as you do.”

Talley keeps in shape with a regime of light exercises as well as the occasional fishing expedition. Friends say that her favorite fishing hole is a trout pond in Dexter, and Talley still enjoys cooking the fish she catches. She also enjoys sewing dresses and shirts, watching television, and playing slot machines at a casino.

How does the world’s oldest person like her coffee? Find out in the video below.

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