Welcome Bloggers to Live to 100 and Beyond

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.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Centenarian's wine a much appreciated gift for another centenarian!

Had a call from a friend, who had recently traveled to Napa Valley, California. He had read about Lillian Harrison's winery on our website – Lillian was our May calendar centenarian. http://www.adlercentenarians.org/calendar08/may08_lillian.htm He stopped by Lawrence Harrison Vineyard and purchased three bottles of the Leo Joseph Estate Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and then took two of them to another centenarian we know in the region who is still living alone at 106! Amazing! Respecting the centenarian’s wish not to have her name mentioned, we can report that she very much enjoyed his gift! In fact, she attributes her remarkable good health to a glass or two of good (she had stressed “good” to me on the phone) red wine. Apparently, Lillian's wine passed the "centenarian’s taste test!" My friend also gave a bottle to her home health aid. She, too, was thrilled.

It's always so rewarding when others take an interest in centenarians – we have inspired quite a network over the years, both formal programs and individual kindnesses, such as this. I encourage all of our readers to seek out the elders in your neighborhood or community and take a bit of time to pay a visit or reach out to them in some appropriate way. It takes so little, yet means so much.

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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.