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Aida Mendes
Aida Mendes
Mendes at the age of 110
Birth: 20 November 1909
Chaves, Para, Brazil
Death: 9 April 2020
Macapa, Amapa, Brazil
Age: 110 years, 141 days
Country: BrazilBRA

Aida Gemaque Mendes (Portuguese: Aída; 20 November 1909 – 9 April 2020), known as Grandma Iaià, was a Brazilian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Aida Gemaque Mendes was born in Chaves, Para, Brazil on 20 November 1909. Her parents were Manoel Mendes Gemaque and Antonia de Oliveira Gemaque. She moved to Macapa, Amapa in the 1950s.

In 2010, she became the oldest woman to parachute jump, a record that subsequently surpassed herself until her last jump in late 2015.

In June 2016, Mendes became the oldest Olympic torchbearer ever. The previous record holder was Alexander Kaptarenko (1912–2014), who was 101 at the time when he participated as a torchbearer in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In April 2021, Shigeko Kagawa (aged 109) broke her record when she participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Mendes died due to a cardiorespiratory arrest in Macapa, Amapa, Brazil on 9 April 2020 at the age of 110 years, 141 days.