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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.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Ford Model T Celebrates 100 Years

Ford Motor Company continues celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Model T with a kick-off gathering in Indiana of about 750 collectors in late July.

The first production Model T was assembled in Detroit on Oct l, 1908, and, in the span of 19 years, would go on to build 15 million cars with the Model T engine, according to the Henry Ford Museum. This vehicle is credited with bringing about social change in America in the early years of the 20th century, providing affordable transportation to the “common man” and enabling people to move farther out from the cities thereby creating the first wave of suburban living beginning after WWI.

“There were no requirements for drivers licenses in the early days,” centenarian
Miriam Krotzer reminds us. And, like Miriam, many learned to drive at the age of 12 or 13.

Recalls centenarian driver Lillian Cox: “My father had one of the first cars in town, when I was about nine, 1916. They were scarce. First the doctors could buy them and second the merchants. My father owned a grocery store on the main street of Qunicy, Florida, where I was born and bred. My sister and I were in charge of buttoning up the “cellophane” windows. They weren’t made of glass; they were more like what we now call plastic. When the weather was nice we would take them down – it was a 4 door sedan—but when it rained we had to button them all into place. It was fun. We felt very important, riding in that car! The color: why, black, of course. There were few cars in town – they caused a lot of excitement.”

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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.