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PADD seeks to honor 100-year-olds

By Tonya S. Grace Kentucky New Era

HOPKINSVILLE -- Officials are making plans to honor some of the Pennyrile region's oldest residents, and they are seeking the public's help in identifying these prospective honorees, all of them at least 100 years old.

Jill Collins, director of the Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging, said her agency is recognizing centenarians -- those people who have lived to be at least 100 -- in the nine Pennyrile counties in observance of Older Americans Month in May. The Pennyrile region includes Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyons, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg counties. "We're honored to be able to conduct such a project, and we look forward to seeing how many centenarians are in our area," Collins said. "We're just trying to find as many as we can."

The agency has thus far identified 17 people who will be recognized.

Statistics from the University of Louisville Data Center offer a picture of centenarians during the past couple of decades in the region.

According to that information, the latest figures available identified 35 people in the Pennyrile region who were at least 100 years old as of April 1, 2010, including two men and eight women in Christian County.

Caldwell County had one woman who was between 100 and 104 years old during that same time, while Todd County had two men and two women ages 100 to 104.

In Trigg County in 2010 there was one woman ages 100 to 104.

There was only one Pennyrile resident, a Hopkins County woman, older than 104.

By comparison, the figures were similar in 2000, with 38 Pennyrile residents, among them five men and 33 women, who were at least 100 years old.

Those figures included two men and three women in Christian County, one man in Caldwell County, three women in Todd County and two women in Trigg County.

Collins said she hopes to get pictures of all this year's honorees and recognize as many as possible at a special event set for May at the development district offices.

To suggest someone to be honored, 270-886-9484, fax your honoree's name and information to 270-886-3211 or visit the PADD website at peadd.org for a link to access an information sheet.

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