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Oldest American, New Jersey's Adele Dunlap, Turns 114

She tends to take a decade off her age, say family members & nursing staff



    Chris Pedota | The Record of Bergen County via AP
    Adele Dunlap was born Dec. 12, 1902 in Newark. When asked her age, Adele often gives a younger number, according to family members.

    The oldest American, a New Jersey resident, is yet another year older.

    Adele Dunlap received balloons Monday, and fellow residents at the Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown sang "Happy Birthday" to the 114-year-old.

    But The Record reports Dunlap didn't appreciate the fuss. Asked what she was thankful for, Dunlap said, "Gee, how should I know?" As for a birthday wish, she responded, "I've never thought of such a thing. I don't wish for anything."

    She also said it was her 105th birthday. The nursing staff and her family say it's her habit to shave about a decade off her age.

    Dunlap became the country's oldest person in July following the death of Goldie Michelson, of Worcester, Massachusetts. Top News: Memorial DayTop News: Memorial Day