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116-Year-Old Brooklyn Woman Named World's Oldest Living Person

 Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116, received the title of
Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116, received the title of "World's Oldest Living Person" from Guinness World Records.
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EAST NEW YORK — This birthday is one for the books.

Susannah Mushatt Jones turned 116 on Monday, celebrating more than a century of life and claiming the title of the “World’s Oldest Living Person,” according to Guinness World Records.

Jones, of East New York, was born on July 6, 1899 — the same year voting machines were first approved by Congress and Queens and Staten Island joined New York City.

Guinness World Records representatives awarded Jones with an official certificate on Friday. She also holds the title of “World’s Oldest Living Female.”

The centenarian was born in Alabama and moved to New York City in 1923, working as a housekeeper and childcare provider.

Known as “Tee” (short for auntie), she has 100 nieces and nephews, according to the record organization.

Jones will celebrate with two parties this year: an intimate gathering with family on Monday and a larger bash with local officials, friends and her housing community on July 7.

In 2005, the New York City Housing Authority recognized Jones for her daily participation in the Vandalia Avenue Houses tenant patrol.

While she’s hard of hearing and has lost her sight, Jones is still going strong, taking only two medications a day. 

Her secret to a long life? Plenty of sleep, she told Guinness World Records.

Jones took her title from Jeralean Talley, who died at the age of 116 on June 17.

The record holder for oldest person ever to have lived is Jeanne Calment of France, who lived to 122 years and 164 days.