Is turn­ing 100 still a big deal th­ese days?

There are a lot more cen­te­nar­i­ans, if you be­lieve the num­bers.

Austin American-Statesman - - B METRO & STATE - Ken Her­man


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.”

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