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Iowa Department on Aging searching for centenarians

Published: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 12:55 p.m. CST

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department on Aging is reaching out to Iowans who may be, or know someone, who is 100 years old or older in order to add these special seniors to the Iowa Centenarian Registry and honor them at the annual Centenarian Honors Celebration in October.   

Any Iowan born in 1913 (or before and not yet on the Iowa Centenarian Registry) qualifies for this milestone recognition. Per capita, Iowa ranks third in the nation in the number of centenarians.

If you, a family member, neighbor or friend has or will reach this important milestone, contact the Iowa Department on Aging at (515) 725-3333 or toll-free at (800) 532-3213.  According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 846 centenarians in Iowa. 

Centenarians will be invited to be guests at the 2013 Centenarian Honors Celebration reception on Oct. 4 at the Science Center of Iowa located in Des Moines. Along with the special celebration, they will receive a certificate signed by the governor. Both the governor and lieutenant governor have been invited to attend.

For more information regarding the centenarian recognition, contact Machelle Shaffer at (515) 725-3312 or email machelle.shaffer@iowa.gov.

For more information on the Iowa Department on Aging, visit the Department’s website at www.iowaaging.gov/.

The mission of the Iowa Department on Aging is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of long term living and community support services that help individuals maintain health and independence in their homes and communities.

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