At 115 years old, Jeralean Talley’s life spans parts of three
centuries. And despite a little knee pain, shaky hands, and hearing and
memory loss, she’s still pretty much in good health
“I don’t feel sick,” says Talley, who gets around with the help of a walker.
The Michigan supercentenarian – someone who lives beyond
110-years-old – is the oldest living American and second-oldest person
in the world according to the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks
many of the world’s longest-living people. Many wonder what Talley does
to live so long.
“It’s all in the good Lord’s hands,” she says every time she’s asked. “There’s nothing I can do about it.”
My older family members used to say remaining active was part of the
secret. And indeed, Talley does just that. Talley bowled until she was
104, and she went fishing last year. She also attends church when she
can, and she plays with her 14-month-old great-great grandson.
But Sunday, she’s going to take it easy. She plans to celebrate her
birthday with friends and family at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist
Edited by Alias_Avi - May 25 2014 at 1:12pm