88 year old woman celebrates her 22nd birthday

From The Huff Post Weird News:

“Betty Flemming celebrates her 22nd birthday this year, but frankly, she has always looked old for her age.

Her condition isn’t medical, it’s “calendar-ical:” She was born Feb. 29, 1924. As such, she only has a birthday every four years, which means she only was legally old enough to buy booze in 2008.

But that’s only if you go by the birthdays that were actually on the calendar. Chronologically, Flemming will be 88 this year and lives in a retirement community in Springfield, Va. She has enjoyed her unique birthday since she first discovered she was a “leapling” at a surprise party.

“On my eighth birthday, my mother threw me a big surprise party on Feb. 29,” Flemming told HuffPost Weird News. “I then realized what a special day it was.  Every other year, we celebrated my birthday on March 1 because my mother said ‘Feb. 28 was a day too soon!'”

Waiting four years for a real birthday sounds tough, but Flemming sees advantages.”

Find out what Betty thinks those are as well as which other famous celebrities are leaplings:



About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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