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We invite you to celebrate your favorite centenarian by submitting photos and short stories or bios. Please email to adler@ncap100s.org.

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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, March 30, 2008

Preview of ABC Barbara Walters Special - "Live to be 150 ... Can You Do It?"

ABC has just posted to their website a preview of the upcoming Barbara Walters Special "Live to be 150 ... Can You Do It?" Here's the link: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Longevity/Story?id=4544003&page=2 See and hear some of our centenarians!! and hear Ms. Walters' comments about them! We think you’ll be amazed to see the video and see them “in action!” They represent a future that is within our reach – full of promise for our later years! “

I also received the following announcement from Rob Wallace, the ABC producer of the Barbara Walters Special:

"At long last, our new Special is airing on ABC this Tuesday night -- right after "Dancing With the Stars" -- at 10 PM EST. It is called "Live to be 150 … Can you do it?" Not only will you will learn how to live a long and healthy life, but you will see some of the coolest scientific developments in the quest to find the Fountain of Youth. I know what you are thinking: Hmmm … April 1st …. I know, this must be an April Fools Joke! But it is not and I assure you it is one of the best specials Barbara and I have done. Warmest regards … Rob"

To read the press release from ABC about the upcoming Barbara Walters Special, click on this link to our website: http://www.adlercentenarians.org/pr_barbara_walters_abc_special4-08.htm

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  1. I am really waiting to watch this. I think Barbara Walters is simply a great story teller, and is doing a great service to help promote the new ideas surrounding longevity.

    Anthony Loera

  2. I so enjoyed the segment on Barbara Walters last night featuring Lynn and those amazing Centenarians. They were the best part of the show! Lynn's comments also so inspiring! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  3. I liked the Aubrey deGrey section the best. Albeit short, it was like a new cadillac at a used car lot. Its the one you want to go check out.

    The centarian people part was good and all. But if people want to be concerned about them, and think that they should excercise and think positively to do themselves right, well... Then you missed the point of the deGrey peice. Go check it out again.

    If your in the LA area then go and check deGrey out for yourself this weekend, the end of june 08 at the huge conference, "Aging, the disease, the cure, the implications."


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
Posts & comments about the special and the participating centenarians follow. Please scroll down.