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.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy 103rd Birthday, Edna!

Edna Anderson, a 17-year resident of a Phoenix, Arizona, senior living community, celebrates her 103rd birthday December 24th. Edna was born on Christmas Eve in 1905, the same year American short-story writer O. Henry wrote “The Gift of the Magi.”

Edna is an active centenarian. She participates in her community’s social programs, which include bridge games and dances; does volunteer work and attends church every Sunday.

When Edna turn 100, in 2005, she was asked: "Is it is better to be old and wise, or young and carefree?” She replied: “Better to be older and carefree would be my preference ... Good health is the most important thing. Getting old is great. I don’t see as well, but since I don’t need a cane or walker I feel more like 75 or 80."

Happy 103rd Birthday to our inspirational Edna Anderson!

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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.