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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 14, 2008

WWI Veterans’ Recognition

I am very pleased that World War I veterans are receiving national recognition. Perhaps you have noted the CNN coverage of “Last Surviving WWI Veteran,” Thursday, March 6: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/07/war.veteran/index.html?iref=newssearch#cnnSTCVideo

And now there is controversy! No sooner did the national story break, when a local TV station featured "Andy" Rasch, 106, with proof that he, too, was a WWI vet! And it’s been confirmed by the local VA.

It’s been a priviledge to have known and interviewed several WWI vets in the past, during various projects, and their stories form poignant memories. We have always had a tribute page to WWI veterans on our website, and several WWI vets -- Lloyd Botimer, Herb Kirk, Purple Heart recipient Basilio Imburgia, and Walter Rose, in the year 2000 calendar I created for Cedco publishing, “Age with Grace: The Centenarian Spirit.” Lloyd was featured in the calendar (November), riding in an open car and holding up his shrapnel-dented helmet. And in the first-ever video documentary of centenarians, “Centenarians Tell It Like It Is” (which is still available on Amazon.com), both Lloyd and Basilio are included.

There are so many other stories – I’m going to enhance the tribute on the website to include a few more. http://www.adlercentenarians.org/WWI.html

If anyone knows of a WWI vet, it would be nice to share their story. These men and women were some of the very finest people I have ever known. It’s wonderful that they are finally receiving tribute, albeit posthumously, for almost all.

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  1. See 'Navy Centenarian Sailor', 103 year old, former enlisted Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio 'Jay' Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), Veteran of World War One and World War Two.



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.