Assemblymember Yamada Recognizes Centenarians on Keiro no Hi

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WOODLAND — Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, invites the public to recognize Sept. 19 as a day to honor seniors in their communities, particularly those who have reached the esteemed age of 100 or older.

Based on the tradition of Keiro no Hi or Respect-for-the-Aged Day, a national recognition accorded centenarians in Japan, Yamada’s goal is to bring greater attention to the growing number of people 100 years of age and older, their families and those who care for them. According to the Department of Finance population projections, California is currently home to more than 6,000 centenarians.

To recognize this day, Yamada inducted two more members into the 8th Assembly District Century Circle: Martha Bloom and Elaine Goddard.

Bloom lived in the Capay Valley most of her life. She was a farmer’s wife and enjoyed cooking good old American farm cuisine. She has one son, Richard, and three grandchildren. She turned 102 this year.

Goddard lived most of her childhood on a Wisconsin farm, often riding horses to school. Independent and hard-working, at 16 she boarded with a family to work her way through high school. She has one daughter, Sandra, and a grandson that shares her birthday. She turned 100 this year.

In 2010, Yamada launched the 8th Assembly District Century Circle to recognize centenarians year-round in Solano and Yolo counties. Bloom and Goddard are the 37th and 38th centenarians to be inducted since the program began.

To participate in the Century Circle, contact Yamada’s district office at (707) 455-8025 or email [email protected] with the name, contact, and birthday month for the centenarian celebrant.

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