Oldest American celebrates 115th birthday

  • 24 May 2014
Jeralean Talley, of Inkster, Michigan., poses for a photo may 2014

The oldest living American is celebrating her 115th birthday.

Jeralean Talley was born on 23 May 1899 and is one of the few living people born in the 19th Century.

She is the world's second-oldest person, according to a list held by the Gerontology Research Group.

The oldest is Misao Okawa in Japan, who is 116-years-old, according to the group.

Plans to celebrate

When asked how she has lived for so long, Ms Talley told the Detroit Free Press: "It's all in the good Lord's hands. There's nothing I can do about it."

She plans to celebrate with family and friends at a local church on Sunday.