National Centenarian Day is dedicated to people who have lived to be 100 years old. On this day, each of us can pay attention to the rich history and wisdom of people of a respectable age, who are always happy to share. On September 22, listen to their stories and be inspired, because a century has passed before their eyes.
Life expectancy is gradually increasing, and there are more people who reach their centennial anniversary. According to UN statistics, there are about 570,000 centenarians on the planet. Most of them are in Japan, and by 2050 there will be approximately 275 thousand. A person who survived the Great Depression, and both world wars deserve respect and reverence. These people can talk about silent films, the invention of television and airplanes, and the first flight into space.
- In some cultures, it is customary to give gifts to those over 100 years old, and they are covered in the news.
- The absolute record of longevity is 122 years.
- Only one out of 1000 centenarians reach the age of 110; today there are no more than 450 such people in the world.
- The first officially confirmed long-liver is the Dutchman Geert Adriaans Boomgaard; he was born in 1788 and died in 1899.
How to take part
Visit a centenarian and take time to listen to their interesting stories. These life lessons are priceless. Gather collections related to a long-liver – these can be paintings, books, folklore. As a rule, people of respectable age are happy to share such information. Older people are not necessarily helpless and weak. If possible, arrange a party for them.
When is National Centenarian’s Day in 2022?
National Centenarian’s Day is observed on September 22 each year.