April 17 (UPI) — Violet Brown says the key to longevity is hard work.
She should know — the 117-year-old Jamaican is the newest oldest person in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group.
“Honour your mother and father so your days may be long,” said Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900 — 67 years before Jamaica was founded. That makes Brown 117 years and 38 days old.
On Twitter, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness congratulated Brown:
The world’s oldest human is Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. Congrats Violet. pic.twitter.com/AnjXdHK1Kz
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) April 15, 2017
“Really and truly,” said the woman affectionately known as Aunt V, “when people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don’t drink rum and them things.”
Emma Morano, the last living person born in the 1800s, died on Saturday at her home in Italy at the age of 117.
Guinness World Records confirmed Morano as the last living person to have been born in the 1800s.
The world longevity record remains with French woman Jeanne Calment, who died at 122 in 1997, according to the GRG’s Robert Young.