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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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Do you know a computer-using centenarian?

I'm happy I keep meeting centenarians who are “computer users.” These “time travelers” most likely learned to type on a manual Underwood typewriter. Not only was it manual for typing — with a levered carriage return at the end of each line to move to the next line — but copies were made using carbon paper, and each keystroke mistake had to be erased very carefully on each sheet of paper (no White Out even!) so as not to tear the page. Also, if a paragraph needed editing or information needed to be changed, well, you started all over again!

Lillian Jones, a former journalist who’s picture here with her computer, will be 102 this month, and says she couldn’t live without her computer! She wrote her memoirs on the computer, which she hopes will be published, and uses the computer constantly for email communications with family and friends, as well as making new friends. She also enjoys “surfing the net” and keeping up with current pop culture and news. “It’s what keeps me young,” she says with a happy smile.

I am so very proud of these contemporary centenarians, who have not stopped learning and who are interested in keeping up with modern technology. Kudos to all who venture into cyberspace at 80 and beyond and at 100 and beyond! I’m also hearing reports from family members that their elders have been requesting computers (and lessons) as gifts instead of a bathrobe. As one centenarian’s daughter put it: her mother suggested that all the family chip in to get her a computer and a printer for her 100th and hold the flowers! This centenarian’s interest is to keep in touch with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. It’s becoming a trend!

So, do you know a computer-using centenarian? Let us know!
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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.