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Search On For Iowa Centenarians

The search is on for some special Iowans, so they can be recognized by Governor Chet Culver. The only requirement is that they be at least 100 years old by May 31, 2009. The Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging and the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs will team up find these special Iowans for recognition as part of the Governor's Conference on Aging, May 13-15, at the Hy Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines.

"Any Iowan who will be 100 years of age by May 31, 2009, qualifies for this milestone recognition. Iowans who hold the distinction of being centenarians are a group now believed to be the fastest growing group of Americans," says John McCalley, Director of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs.

31 of the centenarians honored last year came from the Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging. Hawkeye Valley's Janna Diehl points out, "Each newly registered centenarian receives a certificate signed by the Governor and those who attend the luncheon will be honored guests."

Iowans are asked to contact the Department of Elder Affairs if they have a family member whom has or will reach the centenarian milestone. There are two phone numbers available to do this. 1-800-532-3213 or 515-725-3333. Iowans can also get additional information about the May 13-15 event by contacting the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs on that same toll free number, 1-800-532-3213. The Iowa Department of Elder Affairs can also be contacted by e-mail:  The address is: Carolyn.danielsen@iowa.gov.

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