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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.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Still more comments about the Barbara Walters Special

I'm still getting emails and phone calls about the ABC Barbara Walters special, "Live to be 150." (Pictured at left is Barbara Walters and the "Fab Five.") Just got another email from an acquaintance on the East coast about the Special:

“I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the special last week! I think most of our department watched it. We loved the centenarians – they were all so colorful. I can’t even grasp driving a car at 100! I can only imagine how much went into pulling everything together for the special. You did a wonderful job in the interview.”

I’ve had several other calls today with the same message – being impressed by the centenarians and the production – and being inspired by them both. It’s rewarding to have the affirmation and to know the message is really getting out – that life can be good in later years, and that we all have a lot to look forward to.


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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.