World’s Oldest Person Celebrates 116th Birthday in Michigan

The world’s oldest person, Jeralean Talley, turned 116 today in Inkster, Michigan.

Talley — who was born in 1899 — was named the oldest living person in the world last month, according to ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

Talley’s birthday celebrations began earlier this week when she was honored at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Detroit Free Press reported. She also received a special birthday message from President Obama, according to the newspaper.

The parties continue this weekend, according to the Free Press: Talley had a celebration planned today in Inkster and another one Sunday at her church.

So what is Talley’s secret to a very long and healthy life? Last month she told WXYZ-TV she drinks coffee every day with sugar and no cream.

On her 115th birthday, she told WXYZ-TV she thanks God for her health.

“A long time ago, I asked the good Lord, when you get ready to take me home. … I don’t want to be sick,” Talley said. “So far I don’t suffer so much.”