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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, April 06, 2008

Centenarians and more from the Barbara Walters Special

At the Governor’s Council on Aging meeting Friday I learned of two articles that had been written about the ABC Barbara Walters Special and centenarians: one story about Rosie Ross, an update, the other about catching up with centenarians, here in the Phoenix area. (Pictured at left is Lynn with Edna Anderson, 102, of Peoria. “The photos were as natural as Lynn’s rapport with the centenarians,” said photographer Marla Levine.)

Here's an excerpt from the story about Rosie in the "Daily Courier," written by Lorin McLain

The national spotlight shines again tonight on a local centenarian musician. "Live to be 150...Can You Do It," a Barbara Walters ABC special, will feature Leonard "Rosie" Ross, the popular 102-year-old trumpet player who has performed at the Pine Cone Inn since 1949.

Ross has entertained audiences with keyboardist Tandy Andrade on Friday nights at the establishment for almost 60 years. Ross performed in a TV commercial for Genworth Financial this past year.

"Wonderful," Ross said about his trip to New York City this past September for a taping with four other centenarians who came to the network's attention through Lynn Adler's National Centenarian Awareness Project. The group interviewed together with Walters during the three days that culminated with a carriage ride around Central Park and a dinner at Tavern on the Green.

"She wanted to know the greatest thing I did my whole life, stuff like that," Ross said of the interview. Ross bought a new a new trumpet at a music store across the street from Lincoln Center and brought it to his interview with Barbara Walters, according to his niece, Rose Mary Perner, who accompanied him on the trip.

"That was taped at Chelsea Pier, we could see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. That was amazing. It was really fun. He was interviewed with four other centenarians, but they spent a little extra time with him, because he's such a showman, you know," Perner said, adding that Ross played "Sugar Blues" during the interview.

ABC had said they were sending out press releases to the local papers of the participants; that was very nice of them. The producer and associate producer, and everyone else involved, has been so nice and considerate.

When I got home after the meeting, I found a copy of the Rosie story waiting for me in the mail, sent by RoseMary, Rosie’s niece, along with a nice note.

Here's a link to the story about centenarians, here in Phoenix. http://www.yourwestvalley.com/news/adler_2227___article.html/years_centenarians.html

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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.