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.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Ageism is SO last century!

Recently, I was asked to be a guest blogger on Dr. Robert Butler's blog on the International Longevity Center website. (Pictured at left is Dr. Butler.)

For those of you not familiar with Dr. Butler and his work, I refer you to his website at The International Longevity Center – USA: http://www.ilcusa.org/; and I will quote from my book, “Centenarians: The Bonus Years” (Health Press, 1995, pg. 231, Chapter 7: “The Challenge of Surviving in Today’s Complex Society.

”In modern times in our culture, it seems that the longer people live, the more likely they are to be shunned by society, and, tragically, sometimes excluded from their own families. Ageism is an unpleasant fact of life for many people of advanced age today; for centenarians, it is a cultural bias that they have lived during their older decades. The word was coined in the late 1960s by Dr. Robert Butler, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his book, “Why Survive? Being Old in America.” The word “ageism” is included in Webster’s dictionary as coming into popular use in 1970 meaning “prejudice or discrimination against a particular age group and especially the elderly.”

The title of my post on his website is: "Ageism is SO Last Century." I invite you to visit his blog to read the full post. http://www.ilcusa.org/pages/media_items/ageism-is-so-last-century193.php

Here is a snippet of my post to Dr. Butler's blog:
Come on, America, it’s time to give this up! There are way too many of us looking forward to living long and living well to be able to ignore. And we, the leading edge Boomers, are experienced in taking on social concerns and righting social wrongs. We started it in the 1960s, and as we enter our 60s in record numbers we are not going to ignore this moral imperative.

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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.