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"People have been fascinated by longevity ever since learning of Ponce de Leon’s search in Florida, five centuries ago, for the fountain of youth. In the twentieth century, the search for longevity, and the good health that makes it possible, had been enhanced by discoveries such as antibiotics and other lifesaving drugs, heroic medical interven­tions, which included organ transplants, heart pacemakers and other life-prolonging devices, the emergence of preventive medicine, and a new focus on wellness. On an individual level, people were realizing that, to an ever-increasing extent, they were able to influence life-style factors that could lead to a healthier and longer life—perhaps even a life of 100 years or more." (Opening paragraph from "Centenarians, The Bonus Years," by Lynn Peters Adler, Health Press, Santa Fe, NM, 1995)

Longevity itself is one of the greatest advances of the 20th century, adding approximately 30 years to the average life span. Now, in the 21st century, with the advent of even greater medical advances and the promise shown by stem cell and genetic breakthroughs, the chances for an even greater increase in longevity seems possible.

Active centenarians are our role models. They are helping to redefine aging in new and inspirational ways.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

A special Mother's Day tribute to Louise Mitchell.

Contributed by Canastota, New York, Mayor Carla M. DeShaw

Louise Bruno Mitchell was born on April 10, 1910 in Canastota, New York.  Her father, Angelo, emigrated from the Province of Calabria, Italy, in 1905 and her mother emigrated from the Province of Cosenza, Italy. Louise had one sister, Carmella (Bruno) Rinaldo. Louise's mother died in 1913. Her father remarried; Josephine Farfaglia and Angelo had five children: Dominic, Charles, Louis, Angelo Jr. and Theresa.

Louise married Angelo Mitchell on April 28, 1928 and they had five children: Samuel, Angelo, Joseph, Rosalie, and Donald. Louise has 19 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren. 

Louise Mitchell and her family on "her day," as declared by Canastota, New York, Mayor Carla M. DeShaw
 Louise worked at Smith Lee of Oneida, New York, for 16 years. At the same time, Louise worked beside her husband on the mucklands, the rich, organic soil of the area. Louise retired from Smith Lee to work for her sons, cooking at their restaurant the Village Inn in Chittenango, New York.

Louise still enjoys cooking for her family and having Sunday dinners. Louise would always make the holidays very special for her family. Louise enjoyed making bread and giving the bread to family and friends. When anyone went to her house for a visit, they always left with a full stomach.

Louise enjoyed crocheting afghans and giving one or two to every family member.  Louise still lives in her home with help from her caring daughter Rosalie.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day... and Birthday, Jose!

Jose Meijia
Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, Jose celebrates his 100th birthday on June 22nd. 

Jose and his wife, Socorro, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on December 22, 2013. We wish Jose and Socorro a belated "Happy Anniversary!" and say "Cheers!" to many more. 

Together, they are the parents of four children: Manuel, Lupita, Minerva and Joe Jr. They are the grandparents of eight and the great grandparents of seven. 

His granddaughter, Adriana, writes that Jose served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, retired from Phelps Dodge and LOVES baseball. 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy 100th Herman!

An early Happy Birthday! to Herman Nodorft, who celebrates his 100th birthday later this month. 

Writes Herman's granddaughter Michelle: Herman enjoys playing Euchre, watching sports of all kinds -- especially the Badgers and Packers -- tending the residence's flower beds, feeding birds from his deck, and participating in daily activities planned by staff at his home.

Herman is a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient, who served his country in the 5th Division 11th Infantry from 1941-1945.  He was injured in the war and honorably discharged.   At the age of 98 he visited Washington, D.C., with other WWII veterans as part of the Badger Honor Flight program.   (Click here to read more about the Honor Flight Network.)

Herman farmed outside Boscobel, Wisconsin, for most of his life.  Upon retirement, he and his wife Vera moved to Platteville, Wisconsin, where he resided until moving three years ago.  

His secrets to longevity:  Reading the Bible, having a good sense of humor and staying competitive.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Oldest U.S. World War Two veterans meet for first time at age 107

Richard Overton, left, and Elmer Hill, 107 year
old WWII Vets meet for first time.

December 13, 2013

By Jon Herskovitz
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec 13 (Reuters) - When 107-year-old World War Two veteran Elmer Hill looked across the table at Richard Overton, he could hardly believe there was a living veteran older than him - even if only by a few months.

Hill met fellow centenarian Overton, thought to be the oldest living U.S. World War Two veteran, for the first time on Friday over lunch at an Austin senior citizens center, where they swapped war stories and longevity tips.

"He's 107? I better move my (birthday) up a little bit," Hill told reporters at the meeting arranged by the center. "I am not that old. I have just been here a long time."

Overton is about three months older than Hill and even though they had never met before, both had traveled along similar paths. Both men grew up in the segregated South. Both passed through Hawaii on their way to combat duty in the Pacific, where they served in segregated units. After the war, they both settled down in Texas, about 220 miles apart. Overton, a volunteer, served in the Army's 188th Aviation Engineer Battalion, an all-black unit that saw some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific island-hopping campaign.

"Some of the things in the Army stay with you, and you don't want to forget, but you don't want to tell them either," Overton said.

Hill was drafted into the Navy and his ship had to evade Japanese submarines and air attacks. When he returned home, he became principal of a segregated school. Both men try to keep active. Overton says a splash of whisky in his morning coffee and a few cigars have helped him live as long as he has. Last month, on Veterans Day, Overton met President Barack Obama, and later told relatives he never thought he would live long enough to see an African-American leading the country.

According to the White House, Obama said at the time: "When the war ended, Richard headed home to Texas to a nation bitterly divided by race. And his service on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect that he deserved at home. But this veteran held his head high."

Hill will visit Washington this weekend on a trip organized by Honor Flight Austin, which takes World War Two veterans to see the national memorial dedicated to American servicemen. Hill's daughter, Audrey Young, said her father was happy to see the United States change so much in his lifetime and was moved when Americans elected a black man to the White House.

"Everything has come full circle. He was there when he had colored water fountains and 'white entry' only. He encountered a lot of things he never talked to us about," Young said.

"That is one reason why I feel it would be very important if he were to meet the president," she said.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; editing by Gunna Dickson)
Copyright © 2013, Reuters

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Obama: 'We will never forget' veterans

David Jackson, USA TODAY

Richard Overton (in photo above) survived Pearl Harbor, fought at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, has lived to be 107 years old — and on Monday earned a standing ovation led by the commander in chief, President Obama.

"This is the life of one American veteran — living proud and strong in the land he helped keep free," Obama told an appreciative crowd during a Veterans Day address at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Overton, a Texan who had met Obama earlier in the day at a White House breakfast, said during a brief telephone interview that he was honored by the attention.

"It went all right," Overton said. "I hope he keeps on talking some good words about me."

As Americans across the nation paid tribute to veterans, Obama said "we will never forget" those who fought, bled and died for their country, even as the nation moves past wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"As commander in chief, I'm going to keep making sure we're providing unprecedented support to our veterans," Obama said.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

105-year-old Pennsylvania man earns high school diploma

Bill Mohr, 105, is seen holding his high school diploma in this
undated photo. (KABC Photo)

PHILADELPHIA (KABC) -- A Pennsylvania man had a big week as he celebrated a few important milestones.

Bill Mohr turned 105 on Sunday and celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary. And that's not all. He also just earned his high school diploma.

Back in 1926, the 15-year-old and his family had to move so his father could keep his job. Mohr had to leave St. Joseph's Preparatory School and get a job himself.

After Mohr told his daughter he would have liked to finish his high school years at his prep school, she helped make that dream a reality with the help of school officials.

"If I die tomorrow, I'm not going to ask the Lord for anything. He has given me everything I need over the years," said Mohr.

As can be expected, Mohr was more than happy to receive his diploma.

ABC News contributed to this report.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Our "Fab Five" Gal Lillian Cox is 106

Lillian Cox, center in this 2008 photo next to Barbara Walters, was among the "Fab Five" centenarians interviewed for the ABC special about aging and longevity.

Lillian Cox, who gained national notoriety in 2008 as one of the "Fab Five" centenarians interviewed by Barbara Walters on the ABC Special about aging and longevity, turned 106 this year. A life-long resident of Tallahassee, Florida, Lillian at age 104 moved to the Houston area to be near her granddaughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The following is a link to a story about Lillian's inspiring life in Sugar Land magazine: Read about Lillian's life 

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ABC Barbara Walters Special - Aging & Longevity

The ABC Barbara Walters Special on longevity aired in April of 2008. I was asked two years ago to participate in this project and it was a wonderful, exhilarating experience. It was both an honor and a privilege to work with Ms. Walters and the talented and caring team of professionals on her staff. I invite you to read the "Behind the Scene" story on our website. Here's the link: http://www.adlercentenarians.org/ABCWalters_special.htm
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