SPENCER -- In an effort to recognize Iowans who are celebrating 100 years or more of life, Governor Terry Branstad, the Iowa Department on Aging and the state's Area Agencies On Aging planned a number of regional Centenarian Recognition events throughout the state.
As the fifth of six events across Iowa, the regional Centenarian Recognition event for Northwest and North Central Iowa will be hosted by Elderbridge Agency on Aging on Oct. 26 in Spencer.
Sixteen centenarians from the Elderbridge service area plan to attend in person at the Highlands Retirement Living Community, 1211 St. Luke Drive on the St. Luke Homes and Services campus starting at 2:00 p.m. Governor Terry E. Branstad and Iowa Department on Aging (IDA) Director Donna Harvey have also been invited to be in Spencer that day to recognize these remarkable Iowans for their life achievements.
"We are so fortunate to have such a large number of centenarians in Iowa," said IDA Director 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."
In total, 117 centenarians in our 29 county service area were invited to take part in the ceremonies. If the honored centenarian is not able to attend the Recognition Event in Spencer, each centenarian who applied will still receive a signed certificate from Governor Branstad that is suitable for framing. For the purposes of this program, a centenarian is any older adult who will be 100 or older by Dec. 31, 2016, and whose primary residence is Iowa.
Mary T. Bonnstetter
Charlotte B. Hersom
Anna M. Kempf