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116-year-old Brooklynite is world's oldest person: 6 tips for longevity based on her life

Susannah Mushatt Jones, 115, right, of Brooklyn, was

Susannah Mushatt Jones, 115, right, of Brooklyn, was believed to be the world's oldest living person until her death on May 12, 2016. She is embraced by her niece Lois Judge in her room at the Vandalia Avenue Houses in Brooklyn on June 22, 2015. Jones and Emma Morano of Italy, also 115, were believed to be the last two people in the world who were born in the 19th century. Photo Credit: AP / Richard Drew

Maybe all those theories about subway filth helping to build up New Yorkers' immune systems is true... a Brooklynite who took the title of world's oldest person in June turns 116 today.

Susannah Mushatt Jones, who was born in Alabama in 1899 and moved to NYC in 1923, had long held the title of oldest person in the city before hitting her latest milestone. Her birthday is July 6. Time reported in June that the Gerontology Research Group confirmed Jones' title after Jeralean Talley of Michigan died at age 116.

If longevity is your goal, you'll want to take notes on Jones' habits. We can't make any promises, but here are some tips based on her lifestyle, as detailed by Time:

Don't be afraid of bacon

Every morning, Jones eats four strips of bacon, eggs and grits.

Go to bed early

Her bedtime is around 7 p.m., and she typically sleeps for 10 hours in addition to naps throughout the day.

Make time for family (and ribs)

Jones often spends Sundays feasting on barbecue with loved ones.

Put down the booze

Jones credits her long life to saying no to smoking and drinking alcohol.

Don't over-medicate

She takes nothing but a multivitamin and a pill for blood pressure each day.

Stay flirty

Jones has been quoted as saying you're never too old for fancy lingerie. We like her style.

This article was originally published when Jones earned the title in June. It has been updated to reflect her birthday.




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