Ms. Juanita Green of Louisville celebrated her 108th birthday on March 11th. The pink-themed party was thrown a day early from Green’s actual birthday, according to 11 Alive. Green’s birthday has become an annual gathering for friends and family to celebrate his life. WDRB interviewed her “I’m 108 years old.”. “I’m grateful to be alive and greet each day with joy.”
Louisville Metro Council President David James has been coming to celebrate her birthday for the past couple of years. Similarly, he gave a council proclamation in honor of Green this year. She has been battling dementia for quite some time. Nevertheless, all of her loved ones were present, and she was dressed in a beautiful pink dress with matching hat, with a big smile on her face and gratitude for everyone who came with their well wishes. To commemorate the occasion, everyone sings a birthday song, and she looks radiant in a pink pearl necklace.
Green isn’t the only American who has lived more than 100 years. According to Statista, there were roughly 82,000 people over the age of 100 in 2016. By 2060, this number is projected to reach 589,000 in the United States. Women outnumber men in the 100-year-old age category. Women accounted for 82.8 percent of centenarians in 2010. US News reports that there are just 20.7 guys of the same age for every 100 females.
Gary Small, UCLA professor and director of the UCLA Longevity Center in Los Angeles, stated, “Women are known to be more social than men. According to other studies, staying social has been associated with a longer life expectancy. He continued, “If you are social, you can lower your stress levels because you can talk about your feelings and the things that bother you, which seems to make a big difference for many people.” “If you need a ride to the doctor or if you fall, they can get you there or help you find a doctor.”
In 2010, slightly more than a third of female and male older adults over the age of 100 lived alone, with the balance living with others.
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. Due to those circumstances, living arrangements often change.”