On March 11th, Ms. Juanita Green of Louisville celebrated her 108th birthday. Green looked absolutely fantastic at the pink-themed birthday party, which was thrown a day early from her actual birthday, according to 11 Alive. This birthday has become an annual gathering for Green’s friends and family to commemorate his extraordinary life. She was interviewed by WDRB “I’m 108 years old. I’m grateful to be alive, and I greet each day with delight in my heart.”
For the past couple of years, Louisville Metro Council President David James has come to celebrate her birthday. In the same way, he came to honor her this year, giving a council proclamation honoring Green’s life. She’s been battling dementia for quite some time. Nonetheless, all of her loved ones were present, and she was dressed in a beautiful pink dress with a matching hat, with a big smile on her face and gratitude for everyone who came in with their well wishes. Everyone sings a birthday song to commemorate the event, and she looks radiant in a pink pearl necklace.
Green isn’t the only person in the United States who has lived for more than 100 years. In 2016, there were roughly 82,000 persons over the age of 100, according to Statista. In the United States, this number is predicted to reach 589,000 by 2060. In the 100-year-old age category, women outweigh men. Women accounted up 82.8 percent of centenarians in 2010. According to US News, there are just 20.7 guys of the same age for every 100 females.
Gary Small, a UCLA aging professor and director of the UCLA Longevity Center in Los Angeles, stated, “Women are known to be more social than men. Staying socially connected has been linked to a longer life expectancy in other research.” He continued, “If you are social, you may be able to lower your stress levels because you can talk about your feelings and the things that bother you, which appears to assist many people. They can take you to the hospital or assist you discover the best doctor if you need a ride to the doctor or if you fall.”
In 2010, slightly more than a third of female and male older individuals over the age of 100 lived alone, with the balance of the elderly living with others.
“As people get older, things in life happen—like you might become a widow or you might have a disability,” Amy Symens Smith, chief of the Census Bureau’s age and special populations branch, said. “As people get older, things in life happen—like you might become a widow or you might have a disability, and because of those circumstances, living arrangements often change.”