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Older Americans Month in Alaska Celebration and the Alaska Centenarian Project

May is Older Americans Month in Alaska – a time to appreciate and celebrate the contributions and achievements of older Alaskans. The theme for the 2013 Older Americans Month is “Unleash the Power of Age” to honor the value that older Alaskans continue to contribute to their families and communities and to call special attention to the growing number of Alaskan Centenarians, people age 100 years and older, during Older Alaskans Month celebrations. This is the first time the Alaska Commission on Aging in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is recognizing Alaskans who are 100 years or older as distinguished Alaska Centenarians.

According to data from the Division of Permanent Fund Dividend (2011), there are at least 61 Alaskans who are 100 years and older in the State, up from 40 in 2010. The oldest Alaskan is 104 years old. (This person did not give their consent to be acknowledged.) The following 20 Centenarians gave their consent to us to honor them publicly during Older Americans Month celebrations:

  • Magdalena Mappala - Anchorage
  • Jamie de Guzman - Anchorage
  • Johnny McCurry - Anchorage
  • Genevieve Gull - Anchorage
  • Austrid Garrett - Anchorage
  • Alfredro Agron - Anchorage
  • Alice Larson - Anchorage
  • Dorothy Norris - Anchorage
  • Doris McBurney - Anchorage
  • Edith Hall - Fairbanks
  • Carl Heflinger - Fairbanks
  • Clara Anderson - Homer
  • Margit Andersson - Homer
  • Fern Elam - Kenai
  • Kenneth Dewey - Koyuk
  • Julia McCombs - Ketchikan
  • Ruth Estelle - Palmer
  • John Pestrikoff - Port Lions
  • Wilma Ellington - Soldotna
  • Sue Lewis - Soldotna