Do you know any­one older than 107?

Fanny Co­hen, Glace Bay, turned 107 Thurs­day

Cape Breton Post - - GLACE BAY / NEW WATERFORD -

Vi­tal Sta­tis­tics does not keep a record of the old­est per­son in Canada, but Fanny Co­hen of Glace Bay turned 107 on Thurs­day and was found sit­ting up read­ing the Cape Bre­ton Post while wait­ing for her cel­e­bra- tions to start, when vis­ited by a Cape Bre­ton Post re­porter.

Of­fi­cials at Vi­tal Sta­tis­tics said once a per­son turns 100 their birth cer­tifi­cate is no longer kept un­der that cat­e­gory but moved to “ar­chives.”

Of­fi­cials at the Guin­ness World Records said all of their records are de­ter­mined on a global ba­sis, so there is no way of know­ing the old­est fe­male or per­son liv­ing in Canada.

Guin­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives say the old­est liv­ing fe­male on record is Su­san­nah Mushatt Jones of the United States, born July 1899, who was 115 years 363 days old as of July 3, 2015.

The Cape Bre­ton Post is ask­ing our read­ers if they know of any one older than Fanny Co­hen in Nova Sco­tia or Canada.

If you do know of some­one, please email smont­gomery@cb­


Fanny Co­hen, of Glace Bay, proudly holds her birth­day cake while cel­e­brat­ing her 107th birth­day at her home, Thurs­day. Co­hen said she was “ex­cited” with the fes­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing hav­ing a nephew from New York and a niece from Ver­mont travel down to celebrate her big day. Co­hen said she has lived through two world wars and re­mem­bers them. She en­cour­aged peo­ple to “never for­get the past” and to “keep their fam­i­lies to­gether.” When asked if there was any­thing spe­cial she wished for on Thurs­day she said: “To feel bet­ter, for good health.”

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