Kalispell to Host Governor’s Conference on Aging

By Beacon Staff

The state Department of Public Health and Human Services wants to honor Montana centenarians this spring at the 46th annual Governor’s Conference on Aging.

To do that, the agency needs the help of Montanans all across the state.

DPHHS staff members are asking for names of residents who will turn 100 years old or older by Dec. 31, 2014.

The centenarians will be honored at noon luncheons on May 6 in Kalispell and May 8 in Bozeman.

All centenarians who submit information will receive a recognition proclamation from Gov. Steve Bullock, as well as a free lunch during the luncheon event.

“Our Montana Centenarians have such inspiring stories of triumph and perseverance,” Bullock said. “These men and women helped to do the hard work of building Montana; it’s an honor to recognize them.”

Montana’s 2010 census showed that Montana is home to 175 centenarians and that number continues to grow.

The Governor’s Conference on Aging is also designed to raise the public’s awareness of the state’s current elderly population, as well as focus attention on the impact of the baby boom generation which started turning 65 years old in 2011.

If you are a Centenarian or are aware of someone who is, and would like them to be recognized, please supply DPHHS with the following information by April 1, 2014.

“Montana Centenarians are our most distinguished citizens and we would love to recognize them,” said DPHHS Director Richard Opper. “We want to be able to celebrate their longevity and hear their stories from years past. Please send us information about your Centenarian today.”

(NOTE: The first four items are required in order to receive a certificate.)
1. Centenarian’s Name.
2. Contact person (who to send certificate to).
3. Mailing address (where to send the certificate).
4. Birth date of Centenarian.
5. Where were they born?
6. If not born in Montana, what is their story on how they got to Montana?
7. What is the secret to their longevity?
8. What has been the most amazing event in their life that they would like to share?
9. What is their favorite quote?
10. Anything else they would like us to know about the centenarian?
11. If planning to attend one of the centenarian luncheons, please provide a picture of the centenarian when you send in the information above.

Please send your information to:
Governor’s Conference on Aging – Centenarian
PO Box 4210
Helena MT 59604-4210

Or e-mail it to [email protected] .

The Conference web site is here . For more information, call 1-800-332-227 and ask for the Office on Aging or 406-444-4077.

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