World’s oldest woman Alimihan Seyiti dies in China

The woman considered to be the world’s Alimihan Seyiti has died in her home in Kamuxerik, in China’s Xinjiang Uygur province.

She died on 16 December at 135.

Alimihan, whose age record was not verified by Guinness Book of Records lived in a village in Shule county of Kashgar city in Xinjiang.

The China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics declared her in 2013 to be the country’s oldest living citizen.

South China Morning Post quoting Xinjiang Daily reported that Seyiti was born on June 25, 1886, under the rule of the imperial Qing dynasty, according to an ID card issued to her by Chinese authorities.

Seyiti, who lived with her grandchildren, died peacefully on Thursday morning, the report quoted her family as saying.

She was ranked at the top of China’s ten oldest living people by the China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics in 2013 and has held the record since.

Having altogether 43 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the woman had lived to see her sixth generation of descendants born, the report said.

She was married at the age of 17 in 1903 and was said to have adopted a boy and a girl with her husband, who died in 1976.

She lived a regular life before her death, getting up before 10am and going to bed before 11pm, her family said.

Her primary carer, grandson Kuerban Nuer, was quoted as saying that she enjoyed singing and dancing and was in the habit of listening to the radio every day.

“When hearing music from the radio before sleep, her feet would move along with the rhythm,” he said.

The Shule county government organised a grand birthday party for the woman last year when she reportedly reached 134.

Currently, Jeanne Calment from France, who died at 122 in 1997, holds the Guinness World Record for being the planet’s longest-living person.

The oldest currently living person verified by the organisation is Kane Tanaka, a Japanese woman born in January 1903, who has reportedly survived cancer twice.

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