Meet Soledad Mexia

Soledad Mexia (born August 13, 1899)[1][2] is a Mexican American supercentenarian who is, at the age of 113 years, the oldest living resident of California, the oldest Mexican-born person ever, and the fifth oldest living person in the world.


Soledad Mexia was born in Sinaloa, Mexico on August 13, 1899. She has seven children, 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.[3] She lives in San Diego, California.

Longevity studyEdit

Due to her longevity, scientists in Los Angeles affiliated with the Gerontology Research Group, UCLA, and Stanford University took blood samples from Mexia and her family members as part of a study comparing genes from supercentenarians with a control group, looking for evidence of genes that protect against common fatal illnesses.[3]


She suffered a wound in her leg in the spring of 2010. As the wound failed to respond to antibiotics, in July of that year her leg was amputated below the knee.[3]

See alsoEdit


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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Diane Bell, in San Diego Union Tribune, August 11, 2010