Her life spans parts of three centuries.
And Friday, Jeralean Talley will hit a milestone only a handful in the world ever have experienced: She turns 115.
The Inkster, Mich., woman, who bowled until she was 104, went fishing last year, and still gets around on her own with the help of a walker, had some memorable birthday gifts in recent years, including checks for $113 — a dollar for every year she lived at that point — and jewelry from a couple of her doctors.
She plans to celebrate her birthday with friends and family at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Inkster on Sunday and has one outing lined up Friday: a trip to the doctor for a checkup.
“I don’t feel sick,” Talley said.
But different places on her body hurt occasionally, like her knees. She said her right hand shakes, she has a hard time hearing, and her memory comes and goes.
Talley is the oldest living American and second-oldest person in the world on a list kept by the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks many of the world’s longest-living people.
Experts say only about one in 5 million people living in the U.S. become a supercentenarian, a person who lives to be 110 or older.
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