Posted: September 9, 2021


September 22, 2021 is National Centenarians Day!  "These individuals have lived through life experiences that most of us have only read about in books or seen in movies; their strength, endurance and collective wisdom inspires us all and they deserve to be recognized in a safe way," said a press release from the Iowa Department on Aging.

A centenarian is any adult who will be 100 or older by Dec. 31, 2021, and whose primary residence is Iowa. This year, Aase Haugen is celebrating two residents, Marion “Jo” Brannan and Richard Dinger – both are age 102! “We are so happy to recognize Jo and Richard again this year,” says Orson Bauder, Aase Haugen administrator. “They are wonderful members of our Aase Haugen family and we enjoy the opportunity to be enriched by their friendship.”

Those who achieved their centenarian-hood this year were born in the 1920s – an era of change, struggle, and growth. Here are a few important events from 100 years ago: women’s suffrage, prohibition, beginning of public radio, aviation, jazz and flappers, and the great depression.

“By listening to the stories of our centenarians, we learn new perspectives you won’t find in history books,” says Andrea Hexom, Aase Haugen activities supervisor. “We all benefit by their wisdom and some days we are amazed by the life experiences they share.”

Aase Haugen will celebrate with the Centenarians on Wednesday, September 22 with visits with their family (if COVID-19 testing permits). Please feel free to send greetings to Jo and Richard via our website greeting card or send to 4 Ohio Street., Decorah, IA 52101.

Aase Haugen Centenarians Marion “Jo” Brannan and Richard Dinger.Aase Haugen will celebrate National Centenarian’s Day with Jo and Richard, both age 102, on September 22, 2021.

Marion “Jo” Brannan at Aase Haugen

Centenarians Marion “Jo” Brannan

Richard Dinger at Aase Haugen

Centenarians Richard Dinger