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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.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Elsa Hoffmann and the Barbara Walters Special

We’re getting lots of emails and calls wanting to know Elsa’s secret to looking so much younger than her age – and commenting on how beautiful she looks. I’m trying to catch up with Elsa to ask what products she uses, but she’s been “out and about,” constantly so it may be the weekend before I can get her on the phone for a few minutes to talk about this (if she’ll tell!). What I do know is that she has now decided to go to a physical therapist regularly, as a form of exercise, to strengthen her back and her legs. Elsa had double knee replacements when she was 86! Very unusual, at that time, to do them both at once, but she said her doctor had confidence in her that she would be diligent about doing the physical therapy needed after the surgery. She spent 6 weeks in a rehab facility to regain the use of her legs and tells the story of how she would go around to the other patients and encourage them to get up and do their exercises (painful as they were) and not complain!! That’s our Elsa. What a woman. In fact, I think I’ll call her “Wonder Woman.”


Just had a call from Elsa – she was on her way home and was stopped waiting for a local bridge to raise to allow some boats through. She said she really doesn’t have any special beauty routine or potions, but she eats healthy foods, keeps her weight down and admitted during the Barbara Walters interview (in response to Ms. Walters' question to all the centenarians) that she had had a face lift “for her 50th wedding anniversary." She had told me that her husband asked what she would like to do that for the special event — a trip to Europe, perhaps – and Elsa replied that she would like a face lift!! She must have been 68 at the time and says she hasn’t had any work done since. She said she protects herself from the sun, uses moisturizer, is active socially, and is very excited about her new exercise routine she started today with a physical therapist (see paragraph above). She added that she tries to eat in moderation, and enjoys a glass of wine, but whenever she does give in to temptation, she uses Slim Fast or eats cottage cheese the next day, to compensate for it.

This is one savvy lady!!

Joan Textor, Elsa's daughter who accompanied her to New York, sent an email about their trip. You can read Joan's letter on our website: http://www.adlercentenarians.org/ABCWalters_special_6.htm

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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.