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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.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Media Still Spotlighting Lillian Cox

Lillian Cox, one of our "Fab Five" centenarians, called to say she is being interviewed on Friday by a “big station” in Tallahassee, WCTV. She’s excited about it. She also said she has made a lot of new friends since the Babara Walters Special aired in April. She reminisced about Ms. Walters, saying: “She was awfully nice to us – and she patted my head. She couldn’t get over my hairdo and how I could keep it like this for a week!” Then Lillian asked about Rosie Ross, saying she wished he lived closer. “I would like to get together and talk with him,” adding: “He’s a nice old fellow!” She is so adorable. In all of the times we’ve talked, the one thing she is most adamant about is that she is not old!”

We also talked about her grief, and how difficult it was this past Mother’s Day, “my only child – my heart is broken.” Lillian's daughter, Carolyn, passed away in March after a lengthy illness. Then she brightened and talked more about how she can’t go anywhere without someone coming up to her and commenting on having seen her on television. She was disappointed, though, that the "Inside Edition" segment that aired May 9th was only focused on her driving. She said they had filmed her for a couple of hours, going places and inside her house and outside in the garden …”and then they didn’t use any of that,” she said, with disappointment. But I assured her that what was aired was very good, and I had received several positive comments about the piece. She ended by saying she was glad for the media distractions and people’s attention because “it does my heart good.” It’s easy to forget, given her sunny disposition, that Lillian is a three-time cancer survivor. S
he really is amazing.

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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.