On March 11th, Juanita Green of Louisville celebrated her 108th birthday. The pink-themed party took place one day before Green’s actual birthday, according to 11 Alive. Friends and family gather to celebrate Green’s birthday every year. She told WDRB, “I’m 108 years old.” “I’m grateful to be alive and cherish every day.”
David James, the president of the Louisville Metro Council, has come to celebrate her birthday for the past couple of years. Likewise, he gave a council proclamation in honor of Green this year. Green has been battling dementia for quite some time. All of her loved ones were present. She wore a beautiful pink dress with a matching hat, with a big smile on her face and gratitude for all those who offered their well wishes. Everybody sings a birthday song, and she wears a pink pearl necklace to commemorate the occasion.
Green isn’t the only American who has lived over a century. In 2016, Statista reported that there were approximately 82,000 people over the age of 100. In the United States, this number is projected to reach 589,000 by 2060. Women outnumber men in this age group. In 2010, 82.8 percent of centenarians were women. According to US News, there are just 20.7 males of the same age for every 100 females.
Gary Small, UCLA professor and director of the UCLA Longevity Center in Los Angeles, said, “Women are known to be more social than men.”
In other studies, staying social has been associated with a longer life expectancy. 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 find a doctor for you.”
In 2010, slightly more than one-third of female and male older adults over the age of 100 lived alone, with the balance living with others.
Amy Symens Smith, who leads the Census Bureau’s age and special populations branch, says, “As people age, things in life happen-like becoming a widow or becoming disabled. Due to those circumstances, living arrangements often change.”