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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 22, 2008

More Aging Concerns

Arizona Governor’s Council on Aging Conference ... more

There were also several workshops and a lot of information about Mature Workers, and free services offered through community colleges here to help older people who want to or need to return to the work force to “retool,” and help with resumes, etc. I attended two of these sessions and they were very helpful, and well attended. It’s obvious there’s a need.

As an active part of the Council, we have large subcommittees that include members of the community as well as mandatory participation by the 18 Council members, who meet monthly. One of the largest committees is the “Mature Worker” committee, followed by “Caregiving” and “Alzheimers.” We also have a very active “Falls Prevention Committee,” of which I am a member, since falls can be deadly in people of advanced age and are all too common and tragic. I have lost many a centenarian friend as the result of a fall. It’s often the beginning of the decline – and statistics bear this out.

Speaking of Mature Workers, I happened to notice a couple of weeks ago, that at the very front of the store in our local Borders book store, there was a large round rack of new AARP publications, many of which went way beyond just brochures offering a bit of information. There was a large pamphlet size series called “Life Answers from AARP” that included an excellent one on “Age Discrimination in Employment: What you need to know.” Obviously, there is a need both for help for finding employment and for information on what to do if a person feels they have been let go unfairly. You’d be surprised at how many centenarians are actively engaged in some form of activity, either volunteering or working part time or even self-employed! Just this past week, I met (by phone) a woman in California who is 103, lives alone, and who volunteers two days a week at her community’s thrift shop and at the weekly community dinner provided for people in need.”

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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.