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Oldest Living American Celebrates 115th Birthday

America's oldest living person, Michigan's own Jeralean Talley, turns 115 on Friday

Happy 115th birthday, Jeralean Talley! The Michigan supercentenarian is celebrating her Friday birthday with family, friends, and a trip to the doctor, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Talley, who reportedly doesn’t need a walker and stopped bowling only eleven years ago, is joining the estimated 300-450 people across the globe who have lived past 110.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Talley said there’s no secret to her three-decade lifespan. “It’s all in the good Lord’s hands,” she said. “There’s nothing I can do about it.”

Talley, who lives in Inkster, Mich. with her 76-year-old daughter, is said to still be in good health and enjoys spending time with her 14-month-old great-great-grandson.

[Detroit Free Press]

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