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.

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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.

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Water Skiing Man - Dr. Frank Shearer, 101

Perhaps you have seen the promotional piece by ABC for the Barbara Walters special - "Live To 150 ... Can You Do It?" featuring video of an older gentlemen water skiing and riding a horse.

That's video footage shot of Dr. Frank Shearer, age 101, last year. I spoke with his daughter this afternoon and she said she has had lots of calls from friends who have seen it, but she hasn’t as yet. So I thought it would be of interest – since it IS a bit unusual for a 101 year old to be water skiing and horseback riding – to include him here, on our blog. For more information about this unassuming but totally fantastic “country doctor,” please go to our website: http://www.adlercentenarians.org/calendar07/Shearer/mar_07shearer.htm Dr. Shearer is included in the ABC Barbara Walters special. I can’t give any more away—you’ll just have to watch Tuesday night, April 1st, and see these incredible centenarians for yourself!

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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.