Sakhan Dosova, the oldest woman in the world, turns 130 this week
Officials in Kazakhstan say that they have found the oldest woman in the world, and she is about to turn 130 this week. If she is 130, then she will be 16 years older than the current oldest woman in the world.
Sakhan Dosova has ten children and was born March 27 1879. She says the secret is to stay away from sweets and avoid going to the doctor, however she does enjoy cheese and yoghurt.
Her age was discovered when she attended a census in Karaganda in northern Kazakhstan and officials realized that she also attended Stalin's first census in 1926, when it was listed that she was 47.
Some have raised doubts about her age.
"I don't have any special secret," she said. "I've never taken pills and if I was ill, I used granny's remedies to cure me.
"I have never eaten sweets, I don't like them. But I love kurt (a salty dried cottage cheese) and talkan (ground wheat)."
Gaukhar Kanieva, 42, her grand-daughter, said: "She is a very cheerful woman. We think laughter and her good mood helped her live so long."
In 1879, Queen Victoria has 22 more years to reign, and Benjamin Disraeli was the prime minister. Stalin and Einstein were born in 1879 and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his first novel. The light bulb was also invented that year.