World's oldest lady turns 115

The world's oldest woman, Misao Okawa, celebrates her 115th birthday on 5 March 2013, after receiving flowers at the Kurenai nursing home in Osaka, western Japan. (AFP PHOTO / TOMOHITO OKADA / MURSING HOME KURENAI) Photo: AFP PHOTO / TOMOHITO OKADA / MURSING HOME KURENAI
Japan's Misao Okawa is recognised as the world's oldest woman by the Guinness World Record, as her 90-year-old son Hiroshi (L) holds her framed certificate in Osaka, western Japan. (AFP PHOTO) Photo: AFP

OSAKA, JAPAN - The world's oldest woman celebrated her 115th birthday on Tuesday 5 March 2013, being pampered by staff at her nursing home.

Misao Okawa was treated to her favourite dish, noodles and marinated mackerel sushi, and as a lover of shawls, she received a brown and white polka dot one.

Along with the gift came a strawberry and whipped creamed topped cake as well as some flowers

Born to a clothing merchant in 1898, Okawa says the secret to longevity is eating well and sleeping well.

Japanese media report that she's never suffered a major illness, and that she only uses a wheelchair to prevent her from falling over.

Okawa married in 1919 and has three children, two of whom are still living and are already into their 90's.  She also has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In February this year she was honoured by The Guinness World Records as being the oldest living woman in the world.

According to a United Nations report, Japan is a nation with the longest average lifespan.  Prior to Okawa's record, the oldest living woman was a fellow Japanese, Koto Okubo, who passed away in January.  And the world's oldest man also lives in Japan - he'll turn 116 in April.

The number of Japanese centenarians reportedly stands at more than 50,000.


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