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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.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Dr. Karl Hartzell and the ABC Barbara Walters Special

Dr. Karl Hartzell and I had a long and interesting (as always) conversation today. He said he was “finally recovered” from all the activity and attention surrounding the showing of the ABC Barbara Walters special at the very active retirement community where he lives in a large apartment with a nice view. The entire program was shown twice, on different days, and “drew a lot of interest from the residents,” he reported. (Pictured at left is Drew Hartzell, his father Karl and Barbara Walters.)

Dr. Hartzell, whose intellect is as sharp as anyone’s half his age, commented that about half way through the program, Ms. Walters spent quite a bit of time discussing aging with “a young fellow, around 45.” He said, “she could have asked me those questions,” implying that he could have given just as good – if not better – answers! As I have always said: I believe centenarians are the true experts on aging; the rest of us can study it, but they have lived it.

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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
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