Mystery woman oldest in Saskatchewan?
The latest data collected by the Ministry of Health states that in the province there is one woman who was born on July 1, 1899. If the date is correct, that makes her 113 years old.
Not only is she the oldest person in the province but she may be the oldest person in Canada and one of the top 10 oldest people in the entire world.
The identity of the woman is not known by any officials, including the Gerontology Research Group in Los Angeles, which research persons at these magnificent ages in order to learn factors that contribute to their life span.
Dr. Stephen Coles from the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) in Los Angeles says it’s always a surprise to hear about someone who is not already on their list.
“We really need to know much more about this anonymous case that the government in Canada knows about so we can get the right documents and validate the claim,” says Coles.
“It’s important from the point of view of scientific research.”
The Ministry states that if a person dies, it can take a few weeks for the person’s record to show. Therefore, the identity of the woman may remain a mystery for a while.
MetroNews reports, Saskatchewan has the highest rate of people over 100 in the country, twice the natural average.
GRG maintains a list of the world’s current supercentenarians. As of March 6, 2012, 71 people (65 women and six men) were listed, the youngest being 110-year-old Jeanne Rannou of France (born on Sept. 14, 1901). Each person on the GRG’s list must produce documents proving their longevity, which are then verified by GRG claims investigators.
According to the group, Besse Cooper of the U.S., who is closing in on 116, is currently the oldest person in the world.