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Oldest American, Adele Dunlap of New Jersey, turns 114

FILE - In this July 19, 2016, file photo, Adele Dunlap, 113, talks with Susan Dempster, the Activities Director at Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, N.J. Dunlap received balloons and fellow residents at the Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown on Monday, Dec. 12, sang “Happy Birthday” to the now 114-year-old. Dunlap became the country's oldest person in July. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP, File)

FILE - In this July 19, 2016, file photo, Adele Dunlap, 113, talks with Susan Dempster, the Activities Director at Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, N.J. Dunlap received balloons and fellow residents at the Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown on Monday, Dec. 12, sang “Happy Birthday” to the now 114-year-old. Dunlap became the country's oldest person in July. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

The New Jersey woman who is the oldest American is another year older.

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

But The Record (http://bit.ly/2hocF0w ) 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.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com