World's oldest living person celebrates 117th birthday

Emma Morano, last person alive born in 1800s, turns 117

As an homage to Morano's extraordinary life, there will be a musical performance telling the story of her life, which according to the play's writers, "represents the feminine courage which rebelled against domestic violence".

Morano officially became the world's oldest woman in May when the previous record holder, Susannah Mushatt Jones, died in New York City at the age of 116 years and 311 days.

'Now she's well, she's very well, but it's clear she lives every day in a very, very precarious equilibrium, ' he added. To celebrate her birthday, the town's mayor, journalists, and relatives are stopping by for a visit, while a local theater will be playing music from the three centuries she's been alive. "She is a person who from a young age had a hard life that would have sapped the energy out of anyone". When speaking to a newspaper about her marriage, she shared: "He told me: 'If you're lucky you marry me, or I'll kill you.' I was only 26 years old". In 1938, she left her husband, and has remained single ever since, living on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy.

Morano began eating eggs at age 20, when she was diagnosed with anemia. "And cookies", she told AFP in an interview last month.

Morano says she's lived a long times because he she eats so many eggs.

Emma celebrated her 117th birthday with her two nieces, her physician and caregivers.

But her physician, Dr Carlo Bava said: "Her longevity is a genetic fact, nothing else".

"She is in a great state of health and mind", he said.

But she's not sure she will eat some birthday cake, saying "the last time I ate a little, but then I did not feel good".

The world's oldest person, Emma Morano.

"The secret is in growing old with people who love you, which is different from growing old and being put up with", he said.

"That's the secret to a long life", he said. She opened presents and blew out three numbered candles that stood for "117" on her cake.

But those who know her best says she remains alert, has a good sense of humour and continues to enjoy a reasonable quality of life.

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