SOMERVILLE, NJ - Living long enough to be called a centenarian is worthy of praise, envy, respect - and at the very least, a free lunch.

The county Office on Aging and Disability Services, in collaboration with the Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, is looking to identify residents who will be age 100 or older in 2016.

“We are asking residents to help us honor the centenarians in our community,” said Freeholder Brian D. Levine, human services liaison. “These resilient individuals, who have touched the lives of so many people over the years, are wonderful role models for future generations.”

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Family members or caregivers are asked to submit a completed recognition form by Friday, April 15.

Recognition forms are available online or by calling (908) 704-6346. Completed forms may be faxed to (908) 595-0194 or mailed to the attention of Cynthia Voorhees, Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876.

In honor of Older Americans Month, the centenarians will be invited to a free luncheon at 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at the Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located at 380 DeMott Lane in Franklin Township. Honorees may have up to three guests.

The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders annually participates in the national celebration of Older Americans Month.  Established in 1963, Older Americans Month recognizes the contributions of individuals age 60 and above who enrich and strengthen our nation’s communities.