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, December 13, 2008

A Coincidental Cruise

How fun is this?! A little while back I was speaking with Elsa Hoffmann, our celebrity centenarian from the “Living to be 150” Barbara Walters’ special that aired last spring. To celebrate her 101st birthday, Elsa and her daughter Joan had booked a Caribbean cruise.

A few days later I talked with our centenarian friend John Donnelly, who also reached his 101st birthday this year. To celebrate John and Marian (John’s wife) had also booked a Caribbean cruise. I asked about their cruise dates and the name of the ship. Turns out the Donnellys and Elsa and Joan were sailing the same days on the same ship! What a happy coincidence!

John Donnelly was schedule to be at the taping of the Barbara Walters special toward the end of 2007 in New York, but, unfortunately, became ill and had to cancel. John and Elsa, both National Centenarian Awareness Project special friends, never met. On the cruise the Donnellys located Elsa and Joan and all enjoyed their time together.

Pictured from left to right: Joan (Elsa's daughter), Marian & John Donnelly, and Elsa

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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.