Century Club needs help identifying centurions

Published 10:10 am Friday, June 23, 2023

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To the Editor:
Fifty years ago, you rarely heard of someone celebrating a 100th birthday. But today, as many as half of five-year-olds can expect to live to 100 years. The U.S. is currently home to roughly 100,000 centenarians. This number is projected to rise to over 500,000 by 2060. Although the exact number is unknown, East Tennessee is home to a growing number of centenarians.
The Century Club of East Tennessee was established in 2022 to honor individuals who are 100 years and older. Members of the club receive a letter of greetings from the Governor and a matted certificate of recognition from the Century Club. They also receive cards during birthdays and holidays. The club is open to residents in the 33-county region of East Tennessee.
In its first year, the Century Club recognized 35 centenarians. The Century Club is grateful for the community’s support in helping identify individuals across the region. Their goal is to welcome at least 50 new members into the club in 2023.
Dr. Jodi Southerland, Project Coordinator, said, “People are living longer than ever. Centenarians are the fastest-growing age group in the U.S. It is a phenomenal achievement to reach this milestone. In honor of National Centenarian’s Day in September, we want to celebrate and recognize the distinctive experiences and achievements of East Tennesseans who have lived for 100 or more years.”
Living for 100 years is a remarkable accomplishment, and the Century Club needs your help to pay tribute to these individuals. If you know someone who is 100 or older, tell them about the Century Club of East Tennessee or, better yet, help them register.
Those who want to recognize a centenarian can visit www.centuryclubnetn.com and complete a Centenarian Recognition Request Form or contact Dr. Southerland at 423-401-5000.

Dr. Jodi Southerland
ETSU College of Public Health
Johnson City

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