The world’s oldest living person – a Hispanic woman born in California – has advised “stay away from toxic people”.
Maria Branyas Morera was born in San Francisco on March 4, 1907, seven years before World War I began.
In just over a month, she will be 116 years old.
Her parents decided to return to Spain in 1915, settling in Catalonia, but her father died of tuberculosis near the end of the voyage.
Ms Moreira, whose Twitter biography described her as “very old but not an idiot”, has lived in the area ever since.
She has 3 children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
In 2020, she became infected a few weeks after celebrating her 113th birthday and beat COVID within days.
Her predecessor was the oldest person in the world, French nun Sister André, Died last week at the age of 118.
For the past 22 years, Ms. Morera has lived in the same nursing home, Residència Santa María del Tura.
“She is doing well and continues to be amazed and grateful for the attention this anniversary has brought,” the family said in a statement.
“To celebrate this very special event, we will be holding small celebrations behind closed doors at our residence over the next few days.”
With the help of her daughter, Ms Moreira shared her long life on Twitter, which she attributes to “order, tranquility, good relationships with family and friends, contact with nature, emotional stability, freedom from worries No worries, no regrets, positivity and staying away from toxic people.”
She added: “I think longevity is also about luck. Luck and good genetics.”
Ms Moreira said she had “very bad memories” of the Spanish Civil War that broke out in 1936, when she was 29.
In 1931, she married the husband of the Catalan doctor Joan Moret.
After waiting for hours for the priest, the couple were told he had died.
“No phone calls,” she tweeted. “One car had to go to Girona to find an available priest.
“At that time, there were about 50 cars in the whole province of Girona.”
On the first day of 2023, she tweeted: “Life is not eternal for anyone… At my age, New Years is a gift, a humble celebration, a new An adventure, a beautiful journey, a happy moment. Let’s enjoy and live together.”