Brooklyn Woman Officially Named World’s Oldest Person at 116

Susannah Mushatt Jones officially broke the record before her 116th birthday.

ByABC News
July 6, 2015, 11:49 AM

— -- At 116 years old, Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York is now officially the world's oldest living person.

Born on July 6, 1899, Jones became the record holder on June 17, 2015 at the age of 115 years and 346 days, Guinness Book of World Records confirmed to ABC News today.

"While she lost her eyesight years ago and is hard of hearing, Jones isn’t bed-bound and only takes a few medications a day," Guinness wrote in a press release. "Ms. Jones, also known as “T,” which is short for auntie, to her 100 nieces and nephews and “Susie” to friends, will also become the oldest living female."

The centenarian revealed to Guinness that she attributes lots of shut-eye to her long life on this earth.

Jones will celebrate her 116th birthday today with family and again with a larger party among her housing community and friends on July 7.

The oldest person ever to have lived was Jeanne Calment of France, also a female, who lived to 122 years and 164 days.