Welcome Bloggers to Live to 100 and Beyond

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


Scroll down to read blog posts.

"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.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Upcoming Barbara Walters Special on Aging - April 1st

There’s been a little more activity now on the Internet about the upcoming ABC Barbara Walters Special - "Live to be 150 ... Can You Do It?" – next week! Gosh, after 2 years’ involvement in this long-range plan, I’m getting really excited about the final program. Today, I even called my first best friend (she doesn’t use e-mail) who still lives in our hometown to tell her about the program. She knew it was in the works because I missed my annual trip back for the Fourth of July parade and celebration, which goes right past the house where I grew up. The Fourth of July celebration was my mother’s favorite, and in memory of her, my two brothers and I always give a huge party/open house on the front porch of the old Victorian house we have kept in the family – the house is actually older than most people I know, and that’s saying a lot! But last year I was busy traveling and interviewing potential centenarians for the Special and couldn’t take the time to get back for the party – which went on without me, but I’m sure it wasn’t as much fun (just kidding – it rained).

I saw the first television ad about the Barbara Walters Special last Friday (3-21-098) on ABC's 20/20. There is nothing yet on the ABC web site, but I know they plan to put more bios and photos of the centenarians on the site, probably after the Special airs. It’s very nice of ABC to give the centenarians extra attention through a longer lasting medium of the Web. As I’ve said before, they have been wonderful to work with and I am so happy for the delightful centenarians and their families who have put so much effort into making this a rousing success. Wait until you see them! I’m so proud.



To post a comment, click on the "Comments" link, which follows.

2 comments:

  1. Dear Ms. Adler,

    Thank you so much for visiting our blog. We look forward to seeing you on the Barbara Walters Special, and blogging together in the future!

    Best regards,

    Anti-Ageism Task Force
    International Longevity Center-USA
    60 East 86th Street
    New York, NY 10028
    http://www.ilcusa.org
    http://www.thelongevityrevolution.org

    ReplyDelete
  2. Dear Ms. Adler,

    Thank you so much for visiting our blog. We look forward to seeing you on the Barbara Walters Special, and blogging together in the future!

    Best regards,

    Anti-Ageism Task Force
    International Longevity Center-USA
    60 East 86th Street
    New York, NY 10028
    http://www.ilcusa.org
    http://www.thelongevityrevolution.com

    ReplyDelete

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.