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hobsen
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World’s oldest person dies in her sleep at age 115

LOS ANGELES — Gertrude Baines, who lived to be the world’s oldest person on a steady diet of crispy bacon, fried chicken and ice cream, died Friday at a nursing home. She was 115. Baines, who remarked last year that she enjoyed life so much she wouldn’t mind living 100 years more, died in her sleep, said Emma Camanag, administrator at Western Convalescent Hospital. Baines likely suffered a heart attack, said her longtime physician, Charles Witt. "I saw her two days ago, and she was just doing fine," Witt said. "She was in excellent shape. She was mentally alert." Born in 1894 in Shellman, Ga., Baines claimed the title of the world’s oldest living person when 115-year-old Maria de Jesus died in Portugal in January. The oldest person in the world is now Kama Chinen, 114, of Japan, according to Dr. L. Stephen Coles of the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks claims of extreme old age. The oldest person who has ever lived is Jeanne Louise Calment. She was 122 when she died Aug. 4, 1997, in France.

If she had just watched her diet, she might have lived as long as Jeanne Calment. Too bad she died so young. But 115 years of crispy bacon, fried chicken and ice cream may have been worth any reduction in her longevity. Quality of life counts too.
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Probably outlived her kids
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Her kids? There's a decent chance she outlived at least some of her grandkids.
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You know, if I were to live 115 on such a diet, I could probably forgo the few extra years I might eke out by eating healthier. [Big Grin]
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I wondered what nationality she was, in hopes I might have some of that blood flowing in my veins. Baines, sounds Irish or English to me. What a hoot, I was so close...

Baines was a daughter of a man born into slavery and granddaughter of Peter and Avey (or Avie) Ann Bains, former slaves.

I made it to a half century on a diet of donuts, cakes and pies, but I'm not going to push my luck.

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quote:
Originally posted by hobsen:
quote:
World’s oldest person dies in her sleep at age 115

LOS ANGELES — Gertrude Baines, who lived to be the world’s oldest person on a steady diet of crispy bacon, fried chicken and ice cream, died Friday at a nursing home. She was 115. Baines, who remarked last year that she enjoyed life so much she wouldn’t mind living 100 years more, died in her sleep, said Emma Camanag, administrator at Western Convalescent Hospital. Baines likely suffered a heart attack, said her longtime physician, Charles Witt. "I saw her two days ago, and she was just doing fine," Witt said. "She was in excellent shape. She was mentally alert." Born in 1894 in Shellman, Ga., Baines claimed the title of the world’s oldest living person when 115-year-old Maria de Jesus died in Portugal in January. The oldest person in the world is now Kama Chinen, 114, of Japan, according to Dr. L. Stephen Coles of the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks claims of extreme old age. The oldest person who has ever lived is Jeanne Louise Calment. She was 122 when she died Aug. 4, 1997, in France.

If she had just watched her diet, she might have lived as long as Jeanne Calment. Too bad she died so young. But 115 years of crispy bacon, fried chicken and ice cream may have been worth any reduction in her longevity. Quality of life counts too.
You do know that Jeanne Calment smoked til she was like a hundred and five? No one would light her cigarettes for her anymore, so she quit.

She rode her bike everywhere, though. She's my hero. [Smile]

I had to *bump* this Hobsen. I was looking for a diet thread I was participating in, (I didn't find it) and I ran into this.

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Both of them should inspire us with their love of life.
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