Oldest American, Delphine Gibson, Celebrates Her 114th Birthday
The oldest known living person in the United States celebrates her 114th birthday Thursday in Pennsylvania. Delphine Gibson received a personal greeting from Governor Tom Wolf. She was born in South Carolina in 1903 and moved to Pennsylvania in 1928, reported MSN.
Gibson, a mother of three, attributes her long life to a faith in God according to Daily Mail. She is a member of Mouth Hope Missionary Baptist Church and has been a resident of AristaCare in Huntingdon Park for the past 15 years.
She married Taylor Gibson in 1928. The two had three children together – Frank, Moody, and Ella. Taylor Gibson passed away in 1980.
Gibson became the oldest person in the United States when Adele Dunlap passed away on February 2017 at the age of 114.
Gibson’s status as the country’s oldest person is listed with the Gerontology Research Group (GRG), an organization which tracks people older than 110 worldwide. The GRG’s mission, as stated on its Web site, is to “slow and ultimately reverse age related decline.” The GRG lists 117-year-old Violet Brown in Jamaica as the oldest person living in the world, born March 10, 1900.
The GRG lists a total of 44 living supercentenarians worldwide. A supercentenarian is defined as a person living 110 years or longer. A total of 43 of these are female and one male. A total of 7 of these lives in the United States. Exactly half of the list (22) live in Japan. The age of 110 is achieved by about one in 1,000 centenarians. In 2003, the GRG estimated that there were 300-450 living supercentenarians living worldwide – a number that has not been updated as of 2017.