Seker Arslan, an elderly woman from Amasya in northern Turkey, celebrated her 119th fun and warm birthday with her family and can be considered the world’s oldest living grandmother.
Ms. Arslan is the mother of six children and grandmother to twelve grandchildren, and she appears to have acquired her longevity from her mother, who lived to be 110 years old.
She lives in a loving family, surrounded by loved ones with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.
Surprisingly, she is still healthy despite having Alzheimer’s illness.
Healthy meals as natural foods such as butter, honey and cheese appear to be the secret to the old woman’s longevity.
Her daughter, Serap Yueksel looks after her well, and the elderly lady is aware of the need of maintaining her own health.
‘Butter, honey and cheese were always on the table. She used to leaven her yogurt herself. She still has a boiled egg at breakfast,’ said Yueksel.
Even COVID-19 gave the family a scare six months ago, but Yueksel took efforts to safeguard her mother from the fatal virus.
Fortunately, even though she resided in the same residence as her family, Ms Arslan was not infected when the test results came back negative.
Ms Arslan spent the majority of her special day praying and reminiscing about her long life.
She has experienced many ups and downs of life with the years of history through World War I, the Spanish Flu pandemic, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, World War II, the Cold War and now the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Daily Mail.
Ms. Arslan thanked her family at the birthday celebration, according to Turkish media. ‘Thank God, I didn’t even get sick. I didn’t even get the coronavirus. You have the disease, I don’t either,’ she said.
Mesudiye Altun Gürlevik, president of the local women’s section of the ruling Justice and Development Party, visited her and wished her a happy birthday.
Local officials want her birthday recognized to claim the title of the oldest living person, surpassing Kane Tanaka of Japan, who was born six months later than Ms. Arsian, on January 2, 1903.
Ms Tanaka, who is 118 years old, is the world’s oldest confirmed living individual.
Ms Arslan was born on June 27, 1902, according to her ID card, making her 119 years old. Her relatives, however, could not recall this and instead gave her a birthday cake with a 120-year-old decoration.
Even if this is confirmed, she would be more than six months older than the current record holder, according to the Sun.
Last year, a Chinese woman claimed to be celebrating her 134th birthday, albeit her claims have been questioned due to her unverifiable birth records.
In the past, Jeanne Calment, a Frenchwoman, was the oldest person, living from February 21, 1875 to August 4, 1997, at the age of 122.