Researchers across the globe are currently searching for a gene key to long life, but the oldest person claims that it is as simple as not eating junk food and minding your own business. Besse Cooper, from Monroe, Georgia in the US, has just celebrated her 116th birthday surrounded by her family in the residential home she now lives in. Her son Sidney Cooper agrees with his mother that her long life is the result of her healthy lifestyle and remaining active. He also claims her spunky personality has something to do with it, stating that she has got wittier as she has gotten older. Mrs Cooper was born on August 26th in 1896 and married her husband Luther Cooper in 1924. They had four children together, before he died in 1963. Never remarrying, Ms Cooper lived on her own until she was 105, and has avoided fatty foods all of her life, preferring lots of vegetables. Find the nearest Barchester care home.