- Thelma Sutcliffe is currently the second oldest living American, after Hester Ford. Sutcliffe is a Nebraska native and is the oldest person ever recorded in the state at 114 years old. She lauded her most recent birthday at her nursing home but was helpless to have any outside visitors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sutcliffe used to do yoga every day for about 67 years and she feels that is the secret for her fitness despite being so old. Before relocating to an assisted living facility in 2017, Sutcliffe lived on her own and reportedly exercised every morning, did her laundry, and played bridge several times a week. Sutcliffe is still very sharp and enjoys playing bridge with her fellow residents.
- Tekla Juniewicz the longest-lived person ever in Poland’s history and is currently 114 years old – her next birthday is this summer. Juniewicz was born in part of the Austria-Hungarian empire, which is now Ukraine. Since the end of World War II, Juniewicz has lived in Gliwice, Poland. According to Jurewicz, she attended the school of Szarytki Sisters in Przeworsk, Poland, where she learned how to be “a good housewife.” She learned to sew, embroider, and cook. While she lived in Przeworsk, Juniewicz did meet her future husband, who was 22 years older than she was. The couple had two daughters. Freitas is fairly strong, but does suffer from some thyroid issues and also has limited movement. Her daughter Elizabeth takes care of her and Freitas has dubbed her a “saint” for not abandoning her like the rest of their family.
- Antonia da Santa Cruz had her age verified on February 4, 2021. At 115 years old, Santa Cruz is the second oldest living person in Brazil and all of Latin America. Santa Cruz raised 11 children and even adopted one of her nephews. As of 2017, Santa Cruz has 68 grandchildren, 110 great-grandchildren and 35 great-great-grandchildren. Santa Cruz is currently the responsibility of one of her daughters, who said that Santa Cruz does not take any medication, but does need a lot of help getting around due to her old age.
- Maria Kononovich is one of the few supercentenarians in the world that has not yet had her age verified by the Gerontology Research Group. Kononovich is the oldest person living in Belarus and Eastern Europe. Despite her advanced age, according to several accounts, Kononovich is still working and able to do small tasks around her house. A social worker checks up on Kononovich twice a week and journalists often drop by to cover her story.As of 2021, Kononovich’s age still has not been verified and there have been no recent updates on her health.
Reference- Gerontology Research Group, which keeps track of the world’s oldest people