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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.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Inspirational Centenarian Calendar

I had such a nice call today, on my cell phone – the number is listed on the home page of my web site: http://www.adlercentenarians.org – and was a pleasant surprise. Usually, I receive this type of call on my 800# (1-800-243-1889). Today’s caller was a woman in her mid 50s, who lives in the Southeast. She called to say how much she appreciated the calendar feature on our site: http://www.adlercentenarians.org/calendar08.htm, and how it has brought her inspiration and a whole new perspective on her later years.

She now looks at her age as “midlife.” “I no longer feel that being in my fifties is the end of the world! And I think to myself that I have almost half of my life yet to live. And then I think of all I’ve done and how I’ve grown and changed over these 50 years, and actually am looking forward to what I can do and learn and to ways in which I can grow as a person from here on out.”

She continued: “I realize now that there are various stages of life and I’m at one stage and will go on to many others. You make aging an exciting thing [time] – the way you portray these people is very positive, yet believable [realistic]. I have printed out all of last year’s calendar months, too, and I have gained a lot of inspiration from your portrayals of these people. Your website shows you really care about them [centenarians].”

How nice! And so encouraging to know that the calendar, which is meant to be inspirational, in fact is fulfilling it’s purpose. We went on to talk about some of the people who have been featured. It was a pleasant respite, in a busy day.

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