World's oldest woman, Gertrude Baines, turns 115

The world’s oldest woman, who lives in Los Angeles, turned 115 years old today. Gertrude Baines’ gifts included flowers, cards from little kids, a Dodger uniform, a huge cake, and letters and scrolls from politicians.

The world’s oldest woman, who lives in Los Angeles, turned 115 years old today. Gertrude Baines’ gifts included flowers, cards from little kids, a Dodger uniform, a huge cake, and letters and scrolls from politicians.

She didn’t speak with reporters during the ceremony. Dr. Stephen Coles, who runs the Supercentenarian Research Foundation, says she’s doing fine.

Dr. Stephen Coles: “Her only complaint, medically, is that she has a touch of arthritis in her left knee, so I’m expecting that we will see her many more years into the future, and that she will hold this record for a long time to come.”

Baines – an African-American born two years before the Plessy versus Ferguson Supreme Court ruling legalized Jim Crow segregation – lives in a convalescent home in the West Adams neighborhood.

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