09/21/2005: National Centenarians Day
“As people's ages creep up toward 65, many tend to become a little vague about their exact age. After about 85, though, they become proud of their longevity.
Not too many years ago, someone who had lived to be 100 was a true rarity, honored by a contact from the White House and a feature in the local paper. Now, generations of good nutrition and medical care are paying off, and the picture has changed.
On this National Centenarians Day, it is estimated there are some 58-thousand women and 12-thousand men across the country who have reached the age of 100, and projections show these numbers increasing by about 60 percent in another five years, and more than doubling in 10 years.”
Courtesy of US News Wire.
Anecdotally, this does remind me of my Grandma, who almost made it to 100 yrs old. But as a younger woman, she had - of course - lied about her age to seem younger.
But as she approached retirement, she realized, with horror, that if she didn't start advancing her *lies* to catch to her true age...she'd have to work all those extra years to "qualify" for her retirement.
Under this duress, she was forced to "confess" to her supervisor and *correct* the dates on her employment records. Oh, the age of the Pre-feminism movement. ;-)
Karen on 09.21.05 @ 12:40 PM CST