World’s oldest women gives us some life advice!


Leandra Becerra Lumbreras turned 127 on August 31st, which makes her the oldest person ever (although she hasn’t got the birth cert to prove it as she lost it while moving house 40 years ago, but we’ll take her word for it!).

Leandra was born in 1887, which would have made her 27 when World War I began, 58 when World War II broke out, and 82 when the first man stepped foot on the moon.

You’d think that living through two world wars would take its toll on the body, but Leandra says her secret was eating lots of chocolate, sleeping for days on end, and never getting married.

There is a downside to living for so long, as Leandra has had to bury all of her children, and several of her grandchildren. However, she does have 73 great-grandchildren and 55 great-great-grandchildren – so she has plenty of family around her!

Her granddaughter Miriam Alvear said: “She is entirely lucid. She blows your mind with her stories from the revolution.

“She was always a woman who fought. She was still sewing and weaving until about two years ago. She never ceased to be active, that’s why we think she’s lived so long.”

Since Leandra doesn’t have the birth cert to prove her age, Misao Okawa still holds the title of World’s Oldest Person, at 116-years-old. The authorities of Mexico however, are working on issuing Leandra with a new birth cert.

In the meantime, we’re going to go eat some chocolate and take a nap!