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My Elderly Space

A look at the remarkable lives of the elderly


Gertrude Baines is now world's oldest person

The recent death of 115-year-old Maria de Jesus in Portugal set everyone looking for the new title holder.

The honour now goes to 114-year-old Gertrude Baines of Los Angeles, one of only 82 super-centenarians (those above 110 years of age) in the US. Born to former slaves in a small town south of Atlanta, Georgia in 1894 -- she now lives in a Los Angeles nursing home. On her first day as the oldest person on Earth, she spent resting under the covers in her pajamas.

When asked why she thinks she has lived so long, she said "God. Ask him. I took good care of myself, the way he wanted me to."

She made headlines recently as the oldest African American to cast a ballot in the U.S. election. For the record, she voted for Barack Obama.


Appreciation for nature grows with age

Mr. Chikabo Kumada spent his life capturing the beauty of nature in his drawings. At 97 years old, he continues with his busy career as a botanical illustrator. PingMag has an interesting and insightful discussion with Mr. Kumada about his life and his work.

Having been an illustrator his whole life, Mr. Kumada's career peaked when he was in his 80s.

"My 80s were really like the bloom of youth for me. But when you reach such an age, you could really die at any moment. So I felt that it was important that I didn’t miss anything [...] I realized I was able to see things in flowers and leaves that I hadn’t been able to see before...."

Photo and interview from PingMag.