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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, May 23, 2008

Just a random meeting ...

I’m traveling this week, interviewing centenarians for my new book. While at the Phoenix airport, waiting to board the plane, a young man came up to me. He works at the airport. Though I don’t know him well, I see him whenever I’m at the airport.

He said: “I just wanted to let you know that your book has enriched my life.” He was so sincere.

He went on to say that he and his brothers and sisters have decided to take their mother on a cruise this summer, along with all of the children and grandchildren, as a result of having read my book. He said they’re going to enjoy one another and share family stories. I was really very moved; it was just one of those random meetings. It is so heartwarming to hear that my book is still making a difference and affecting peoples’ lives positively. Thank you!

“Centenarians: The Bonus Years” by Lynn Peters Adler. Click for information and to read excerpts from the book: http://www.adlercentenarians.org/excerpts2.html

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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.