Peruvian woman possibly the world's oldest

Government says 116-year-old citizen residing in Pucuto village could be Guiness record holder for world's oldest woman.

    Peru's government has claimed that one of its citizens could be the new Guiness record holder for world's oldest woman.

    While it is yet to be confirmed, 116-year-old Filomena Taipe, who lives in the small and impoverished village of Pucuto, was "discovered" by officials as part of a campaign to help elderly people in poor conditions.

    She tells Al Jazeera that she does not know her age and that she has survived the death of four of her eight children. Experts say that healthy pesticide-free food and lifestyle, especially in Peru's rural aras, promote longevity.

    Al Jazeera's Alessandro Rampietti reports from Pucuto, Peru.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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