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World's oldest person turns 115

UPI News Service, 08/26/2011 

A Monroe, Ga., woman who Guinness World Records says is the world's oldest person turned 115 Friday and received a plaque from Guinness.

Besse Cooper, who lives in a Monroe nursing home, was certified as the world's oldest person in January, but the title was taken away in May when Maria Gomes Valentin of Brazil was found to be 48 days older, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.

Cooper got the title back after Valentin died June 21 and Guinness said the plaque was a birthday present.

Her son, Sydney Cooper, 76, said a small party was planned at the nursing home.

"She still remembers things and thinks clearly and talks," Sydney Cooper said. "But she has her good days and her bad days. I'd say she sleeps about 80 percent of the time."

Cooper said he is unsure if his mother comprehends the fact that she is the world's oldest living person.

"If she does, she might not retain it," he said.

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