Sunday, April 20, 2008

one year older

Hey, I share a birthday with the oldest known person. Honestly, I don't know if I would want to live that long...

Maybe it was a lifetime of chores on the family farm that accounts for Edna Parker's long life. Or maybe just good genes explain why the world's oldest known person will turn 115 on Sunday, defying staggering odds.

Scientists who study longevity hope Parker and others who live to 110 or beyond — they're called supercentenarians — can help solve the mystery of extreme longevity.

"We don't know why she's lived so long," said Don Parker, her 59-year-old grandson. "But she's never been a worrier and she's always been a thin person, so maybe that has something to do with it."

On Friday, Edna Parker laughed and smiled as relatives and guests released 115 balloons into sunny skies outside her nursing home. Dressed in pearls, a blue and white polka dot dress and new white shoes, she clutched a red rose during the festivities.



At 4:29 AM, Blogger Greybeard said...

(Beer on your birthday?)
If so, what kind?
I'm with you... I want to live only so long as my curiosity continues strong.
When I quit caring about the details of life, pull the plug, please.

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a good one!


At 8:56 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Oh yeah? :) My birthday is shared with Orville Wright, and it is National Aviation Day!

But then it is shared with Bill Clinton too, so I cant be totally stoked about it

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