*Photo is representational and not actually of Branyas.*
“Life is not eternal for anyone,” she tweeted on New Year’s Day. “At my age, a new year is a gift, a humble celebration, a beautiful journey, a moment of happiness. Let’s enjoy life together.”
That was tweeted on New Year’s Day by the world’s newest oldest person.
Maria Branyas Morera was born on March 4th, 1907. At 115, she is currently the oldest person on the planet. The previous title was held by Lucile Randon, or Sister Andre, a French nun who died in January at the age of 118. Interestingly, both women contracting covid-19, making each the world’s oldest covid-19 survivor, at some point in time.
Branyas survived three wars—the Spanish civil War and both world wars—and two pandemics. Branyas credits her longevity to a number of factors, saying, “Order, tranquility, good connection with family and friends, contact with nature, emotional stability, no worries, no regrets, lots of positivity and staying away from toxic people. I think longevity is also about being lucky. Luck and good genetics.”
She has been a resident of a nursing home called Residència Santa María del Tura 22 years. With her new world record, the home plans to host a gathering in her honor. On Branyas and the world record, a representative from the home stated,
“She [Branyas] is in good health and continues to be surprised and grateful for the attention that this anniversary has generated. To celebrate this very special event we will have a small celebration behind closed doors in the residence in the coming days.”
To hear more from Branyas, interested parties can follow her Twitter account.