116-Year-Old Officially Named Oldest Living American

2 Things That Will Make You Feel Old: You Are 116 Years Old And You Are The Oldest Living American

The Associate Press reports that Gertrude Weaver, a woman from south Arkansas, is officially the oldest confirmed living American after celebrating her 116th birthday on Friday. (She was 106 when The Notebook came out!) From the AP:

Gertrude Weaver spent her birthday at home at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden, about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock. This year's festivities included the new award from the Gerontology Research Group, which analyzed U.S. Census records to determine that Weaver is the oldest living American, rather than 115-year-old Jeralean Talley, who was born in 1899.

Robert Young, the Gerontology Research Group's database administrator and senior consultant for Guinness, confirmed that this makes Weaver the second-oldest person in the world—behind Japan's 116-year-old Misao Okawa—and the 11th oldest person of all time.

Speaking to the Camden News this week, Weaver said:

"You have to follow God. Don't follow anyone else. Be obedient and follow the laws and don't worry about anything. I've followed him for many, many years and I ain't tired."

Happy birthday, Gertrude! Are you one, are you two, are you three, are you four, are you five...

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