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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.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Centenarian Author Waldo McBurney Releases New Audio Book

Four years ago, Waldo McBurney penned his autobiography. So, you’re thinking, many people write autobiographies. True. But the title of Waldo’s book clues you to its content: “My First 100 Years, A Look Back From the Finish Line.”

At the time his book was published in 2004 (see our website: http://www.adlercentenarians.org/cent_spotlight_archive.htm), Waldo was 102 years old and living independently with his wife Vernice in a small community in Kansas. He had 100 colonies of bees, processed honey and walked daily from his home to his office and the post office every day. He also gardened and traveled. Today, in 2008, the same is true for Waldo, who celebrated his 106th birthday in October. And, Waldo’s book is now available as an audio book with Waldo reading his own words.

The featured photo shows Waldo autographing copies of his audio book at the audio book’s release party, which was well attended. His audio book (and book) is available at http://www.amazon.com/, where a review by a customer stated: “What a treasure! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this wonderful story! … Waldo's detailed picture of hard work on the family farm in the early 1900s, and his reverence for a wise and thrifty Mother, who could run circles around Martha Stewart, encouraged me to count my blessings and to appreciate the modern day conveniences we so take for granted …”

Congratulations on another milestone, Waldo!

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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.