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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 29, 2008

Southern Belle Lillian Cox "drives" a point to the media

I talked with Lillian Cox today and she told me that a local Tallahassee TV station aired a previously taped piece yesterday on the early evening news about her driving at age 100. Today her granddaughter, Alyson, called her from Houston to say that something about Lillian's driving aired on two Houston TV stations. Lillian wasn't certain which piece it was -- the local piece or the segment the TV show "Inside Edition" featured earlier this month -- but it was about her driving.

Then, today, she received a call from a TV station in South Florida requesting an interview -- again about her driving. She said that they all are billing her as "America's Oldest Driver," and she's tired of it. She's dismayed that this is all of her life at 100+ that the media finds interesting, and she said that she is inclined not to do the interview if it's going to be more of the same. Lillian then remarked that her car, though old, is very well maintained.

As I've stated before, Lillian is such a sweetheart, and she's a very determined lady who makes her own decisions. FYI to media: Lillian says to "focus on other interests" of hers for future segments!

Also, for the record, Lillian is NOT America's Oldest Driver, although, as we laughed about today, I suggested that she could call herself "America's BEST Oldest Driver," and she agreed that might be more accurate, and acknowledged that she is a very good driver and very conscientious, as the "Inside Edition" feature made known.

Transcript from "Inside Edition"
So how good a driver is she? INSIDE EDITION showed our video to AAA's Robert Sinclair, Jr. to analyze Lillian's driving skills. "101-year-old woman who doesn't wear corrective lenses...wow," he said. Sinclair was definitely impressed with Lillian's driving: "She's in the middle of the lane, keeping with the flow of traffic, not going too slow...She's signaling, who does that these days? I'd drive with her any day!"

Of the "Fab Five" from the Barbara Walters Special, Karl Hartzell at 102 is the oldest driver in the group and Elsa Hoffmann, 100, loves driving her "birthday car" around South Florida. I know many other centenarians who are driving at 100+, including a friend who is still driving his van at 104!


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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.