Is turning 100 still a big deal these days?
There are a lot more centenarians, if you believe the numbers.
ROCK — Happy birthday to Lillie Kelly, who turns 100 Wednesday. I went to Round Rock last week to tell her that in person because I think 100 is kind of a big deal. She doesn’t think so. The U.S. Census Bureau says she’s kind of right.
Kelly was born the last time 12/12/12 popped up on the calendar. William Howard Taft was president. Kelly has lived an interesting, international life, and I don’t think you’d guess she’s been around for a century.
Turning 100 is a big deal, right? Well, not so much and certainly not as much as it used to be, the census folks reminded us in a report this week. When the 2010 count was taken, the U.S. had 53,364 centenarians (stay tuned for some interesting stats about them). That’s up from 50,454 in 2000 and 37,306 in 1990 (stay tuned for some interesting facts about why the stats might be wrong, including old people who lie about their age).
Kelly said she’s been too busy enjoying life to “think about ages.”