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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2014

Contact:   

Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

DPHHS to host Governor's Conference on Aging in Kalispell, Bozeman

Agency wants to hear from Montana Centenarians

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) wants to honor Montana Centenarians this spring at the 46th annual Governor's Conference on Aging.

However, in order to do that, the agency needs the help of Montanans all across the state.

DPHHS requests names to be submitted of Montanans who will turn age 100 or older as of December 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 Centenarian's recognition proclamation from Governor Steve Bullock, as well as a free lunch during the luncheon event. 

"Our Montana Centenarians have such inspiring stories of triumph and perseverance," said Governor Bullock. "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
DPHHS - SLTC
PO Box 4210
Helena MT 59604-4210
Or e-mail it to crehbein@mt.gov

The conference web site is here www.aging.mt.gov. For more information, call 1-800-332-2272 and ask for the Office on Aging or (406) 444-4077.

Page last updated 04/04/2014