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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.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Elsa Hoffmann, Celebrity Centenarian

Sorry for a delayed blog post. I've wished to update you about our uber-centenarian, Elsa Hoffmann, but she’s been so-o-o-o busy lately. Here, though, is the latest about Elsa, and I do think her busy life is a perfect example of active centenarians and an appropriate response to our last post about the longevity study in Costa Rica. Some, just some, of Elsa’s activities for the past week, in addition to her twice weekly exercise classes, have included:

A week ago Friday, Elsa attended the American Music Celebration and reception, by the Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia, at Count de Hoernle Amphitheater. The concert’s underwriter was Elsa’s good friend and philanthropist Countess Henrietta de Hoernle, who attended Elsa’s 100th birthday celebration in October of 2007. (Pictured at left is Elsa, Countess de Hoernle and Elsa’s friend Flossy Keesely, a benefactor of the concert.) At Elsa’s birthday bash, the Countess spoke of Elsa at the speaker's podium saying: “I’m only 95 and Elsa looks younger than I do!”

* Later that week: A cruise group luncheon and card party: Twelve or so members of the group that took the cruise in January have been getting together monthly for many years. Elsa is booked in October with the annual Deerfield Country Club Caribbean party cruise.

* Saturday: dinner party with a few friends from the condo where she lives, at the well-known "elegant” restaurant, Linda B’s, in Boca Raton.

* Sunday evening she attended a concert in Ft. Lauderdale to hear international favorite Andre Rieu conduct the Johann Strauss Orchestra.

She enjoys “a long soak in a bubble bath. Yes, I can get in and out of the tub!” Elsa adds. This is one of her favorite “relaxers.”

At NE FOCAL Point Benefit, Elsa is a new member ... friend Duane Timm is the director of the group.
(Pictured at left: Duane Timm and Elsa.)

Focal Point supports programs benefiting children, Alzheimers research and senior and adult services. Elsa was approached by Focal Point to be a “celebrity dinner date” (since her April 1st appearance on the Barbara Walters Special, she explains) for this charity and its raffle. She gladly obliged and raised $300 by being part of the prize!

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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.