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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.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Centenarians on the go!

Karl Hartzell, one of the Fab Five from the Barbara Walters Special, is traveling this week to spend the Fourth of July holiday with his son, Drew, in New York State. It’s amazing to think of a centenarian (at 102!) traveling by himself, taking a car service to the airport (over an hour), getting checked in, through security, onto the plane and then make a connecting flight at a very busy airport. It’s daunting for me, in today’s chaotic travel environment, and a stressful process for most people, but Karl takes it all in stride.

I can say with certainty that today’s generation of centenarians is much more active than those of a generation ago. So many more are doing what are really extraordinary things at 100+ than just a decade ago, including travel and driving (like Karl). I knew no centenarian drivers 23 years ago and few even a decade ago. Now more are cropping up every day, such as the centenarian twins in the previous post. This increased activity bodes very well for Boomers! I think many have a bright future ahead. Just take good care of your health — as centenarians advise — that’s the key.

I hope Karl has time to work on the next section of his Memoirs this summer. His clear and concise prose is so enjoyable. I can hardly wait to read the next installment of his fruitful life. Click to read the beginning of Karl's Memoirs: http://www.adlercentenarians.org/hartzell_memoirs.htm

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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.