Elderbridge seeking input on how many and who has reached the 100 year mark
In an effort to recognize Iowans who are celebrating 100 years or more of life, Governor Terry Branstad and the Iowa Department on Aging are launching a call for centenarians and are planning a number of regional Centenarian Recognition events throughout the state. For the purposes of this program, a centenarian is any older adult who will be 100 or older by Dec. 31, 2015, and whose primary residence is Iowa.
"We are so fortunate to have such a large number of centenarians in Iowa," said Iowa Department on Aging Director Donna Harvey. "They have lived through things many of us have only read about in books or seen in movies; their collective wisdom and experience is an inspiration to us all. We can learn so much from these men and women who have helped make Iowa the great state that it is."To assist the State of Iowa in recognizing centenarians, the public is encouraged to inform a centenarian, or the person’s family or caregiver, about this call for centenarians and where to access and submit an application.
The application is posted on the Iowa Department on Aging’s website at www.iowaaging.gov or may be requested by calling 800.532.3213 or emailing email@example.com. Each centenarian will receive a signed certificate from Governor Branstad that is suitable for framing and will be invited to attend a Centenarian Recognition event hosted by the Governor and sponsored by the Iowa Department on Aging and Iowa’s Area Agencies on Aging later this fall. Elderbridge Agency on Aging will host that recognition ceremony on September 16th in Fort Dodge at a location and time that will be announced soon. The deadline for submitting biographical forms to the Iowa Department on Aging is Monday, Aug. 31.
The Iowa Department on Aging (IDA) is an executive branch agency dedicated to making Iowa the premier state in which to live and retire. To meet that goal, the IDA works closely with the Iowa Commission on Aging and Iowa’s six Area Agencies on Aging to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of long-term living and community support services that helps individuals maintain health and independence in their homes and communities. More information is available at www.iowaaging.gov