Welcome Bloggers to Live to 100 and Beyond

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 14, 2008

Kudos for our website: adlercentenarians.org

I had a recent email from Elsa Hoffmann's granddaughter, Sharon: In it, Sharon tells me Elsa asked her to print out a copy of our website and blog, since she hasn’t seen it, but a lot of her (younger) friends were commenting on her coverage.
(Pictured at left is a part of our website home page. http://www.adlercentenarians.org)
She then stayed up until 1:00 am reading and re-reading it because she thought it was “so fabulous!” Elsa is making copies for other friends who have not seen it, and she wants to write to the others in the “Fab Five,” so I’ve given her their addresses.

It’s so kind of her, and so typical of her personality to want to reach out to others. She also suggested that I send a printout to each of them – a good idea. Dr. Hartzell has seen the website on his computer and we exchange emails, but I’m sure Lillian and Dorothy would appreciate a copy, as well as Rosie (who always likes to read his own press!!). When a centenarian friend is pleased with our work, that is the greatest compliment of all.

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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.