Monday, May 24, 2010

Tuti Yusupova - The World's Oldest Woman


ENGLISH


Officials in Uzbekistan have found what may be the world's oldest woman and, if her age is accurate the oldest documented person to have ever lived.

Tuti Yusupova's birth certificate says she was born in 1880, which would make her 128 (2008), six years older than the previously oldest documented person -- Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died at age 122 on Aug. 4, 1997.

Yusupova's records came to light when Safar Hakimov, Uzbek Local Authority Chairman in Tortkol, Karakalpakstan was searching for people over the age of 100 when researching centenarians as part of local plans to celebrate the country's independence anniversary in 2008.

Yusupova worked on a farm until she was 10 years old. She married at age 17, which would mean she married in the 1897/98 (ie. In the 19th century) -- and had two children. Her husband died in 1940. She currently lives with two of her younger grandchildren who are both well in to late middle age. Yusupova has over 100 descendants.

She says her only health problem is that her hearing isn't as good as it used to be. However she likes watching television. Her secret to a long life has been to be honest, hardworking, and helpful.

In 2008, she was awarded the Shukrat medal (Medal of Honor) by President Karimov.

Sources: 01-02-2009 BBC and Xinhua English

Tuti Yusopova, of Uzbekistan (Age: 130 DOB: Jul 1 1880)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7857591.stm
http://www.kp.ru/online/news/695671/
http://news.bcm.ru/doc/8754

SPANISH

Tuti Yusupova, 131 años, posiblemente, la mujer más vieja del mundo


Tuti Yusupova asegura que su fecha de nacimiento es el 1 de Julio de 1880 en Uzbekistán, con lo que, de ser cierto, tendría hoy en día 131 años de edad. Sin embargo, y aunque dicha fecha consta en su pasaporte, se trata de otro de esos casos en los que la fecha de nacimiento no ha podido ser verificada de forma independiente.

Yusupova trabajó en una granja desde los 10 años de edad, goza de buena salud y su única queja es que está ligeramente sorda. Su secreto para tener una larga vida ha sido trabajar duro, ser honesta y ayudar a los demás.

Viúda desde 1940, tiene más de 200 descendientes en la actualidad. Si su edad es finalmente correcta, sería más longeva que la persona más anciana jamás verificada, como saben los lectores de la Galería, Jeanne Calment.