This group is designed to be an informative data collection of lists and photographs regarding the world's oldest people (108+). Only proven cases will be listed in the "official" section; other cases may be organized separately. The purpose is to inform the public regarding an area that has been lacking by organizing disparate data into a quantitative approach, while still maintaining a qualitative flavor. In other words, photos will be organized by the age of the individual; false cases will be disallowed or posted separately. It is also hoped this will serve as an opportunity for previously unknown cases to be found.
The official world record for the oldest proven individual remains 122 years, 164 days in the case of Jeanne Calment of France (Feb. 21, 1875-Aug. 4, 1997).
The "World's Oldest Person" according to Guinness World Records and the Gerontology Research Group is Jiroemon Kimura,115, of Kyotango, Japan, born Apr 19, 1897. He became the world's oldest person on Dec 17, 2012 with the passing of Dina Manfredini, 115, of Iowa, USA.
Pictured for May 2013 is Ms. Jeralean Talley of the USA. Born May 23, 1899 according to official documents, Talley is currently ranked as the oldest verified living person in the United States since the death of Elsie Thompson, 113, of FL on March 21 and the oldest verified living black person worldwide since the death of fellow Michigan resident Louisiana Hines, 113, on Feb 1 2013. Ms. Talley is expected to celebrate her 114th birthday this month, becoming the first verified person in 1899 to do so. Thus, the WOP is pleased to honor Jeralean Talley as the World's Oldest People group's "Supercentenarian of the Month" for May 2013.
Peak World's Oldest people group membership is 1034 subscribers as of May 2 2013.