World’s Oldest Woman Celebrates Her 116th Birthday: Happy Birthday Maria Branyas Morera

Old age is said to be an honor. Some are fortunate enough to enjoy it more than others, even living for a full century.

This is the case for the current holder of the record for the oldest living person in 2023.

Let’s delve into more about her and her secrets to a long life.

The oldest known person in 2023 is Maria Branyas Morera, an American-Spanish woman aged 116, as reported by CNN in an article on January 26, 2023.

Born on March 4, 1907, on American soil, she achieved this distinction after Sister Andréa of France passed away at the age of 118 on January 17, 2023, in Toulon, Var.

Today a resident of a nursing home in Olot, Catalonia, Spain, Maria is active and manages her social media account with her daughter to connect with the thousands who follow her. Her social media bio reads: “I am old, very old, but not stupid.”

For Maria, who has lived an exceptionally long life, her journey has been marked by transformations and progress.

She came into the world just four years after the Wright brothers made history with the first powered flight and two years before the Titanic was launched. But that’s not all.

She also endured the trials of two world wars. In fact, she is “one of the oldest survivors of COVID-19, having tested positive in May 2020.”

So what’s the secret to her long life? The oldest lady attributes her longevity to factors such as calmness, close bonds with family and friends, living in harmony with nature, psychological tranquility, lack of worries and regrets, positivity, and keeping a distance from undesirable individuals.

“I believe that longevity is also a matter of luck. Luck and excellent genetics,” she noted in her statement to Guinness World Records.


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