Worcester woman is the oldest living person in the U.S.

Goldie Michelson is turning 114 this August.

Goldie Michelson at Clark University in 2008
–Clark University)

Massachusetts is full of history, and now the Bay State can lay claim to another time-honored title: the oldest living person in the United States.

Goldie Michelson, who graduated from Clark University in Worcester in 1936, is officially the oldest person in the U.S. and the oldest Jewish person in the world, according to Clark. She’s currently 113 and will turn 114 in August.

Michelson still lives in Worcester and spoke to her alma mater in 2012 when she was 110. The university republished the interview to announce her official new title. What’s the secret to her longevity?

“Walking,” she told Clark in 2012. “I was a great walker — four or five miles every morning, weather permitting. I never used a car if I could walk. One of the great joys of life was when I sold my car.”

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Michelson never smoked or drank but said that she did love chocolate.

”Lots of chocolate,” she said.

Michelson was born in Russia in 1902—before the Wright Brothers ever took flight—and immigrated to Worcester when she was two years old, according to Clark. Her great-granddaughter is also an alumna of the school and graduated in 2014.

Michelson gets the honor of the oldest living person in the U.S. after New York’s Susannah Mushatt Jones died at 116.

Though 113 years old is undoubtedly impressive, Michelson isn’t actually the oldest person in the world. That honor goes to Emma Morano in Italy, who is 116 years and 169 days old, according to Guinness World Records. Her secret is different from Michelson’s—Morano contributes her long life to her habit of eating three raw eggs a day.

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