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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.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Good Health and Aging

If you were in his presence, visiting with him, hearing one of his lectures on health and nutrition, or joining him for a brisk mile or two walk, you would think he’s a man of about 77. You would be off by 30 years.

At 107, Bernardo LaPallo (pictured) is a vibrant, articulate, inspirational centenarian and the author of “Age Less/Live More: Achieving Health and Vitality at 107 and Beyond.” In this slim volume, he passes on the wisdom he learned from his father, a physician, who set him on his course in life that has lead to both longevity and a very high quality of good health. And while it’s true that both of his parents lived long, Bernardo cautions against complacency – “Good genes can only take you so far,” he says confidently. “You also have to take good care of your health; that’s your responsibility.”

Born in Brazil, he grew up in New York City, has traveled widely, and lives independently with his wife of 50 years. He is working on his second book, which will be much larger, he explains, and will detail the nutrition plan he has followed from childhood, which obviously has served him well.

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  1. I saw a video of Bernardo on paulnison.com and was so impressed with this man, I often refer to him. His skin, his steady gait and hands, his mind, everything about him appears youthful & full of vitality! What a testimony of health, good attitude, & peaceful heart.

  2. Wow! 107? Wow! I hope I live to a hundred also. I will try and get a copy of his book. Thanks for the post it is really inspirational!

  3. I would love to meet this fella. I honor the fact that he has demonstrated, this is the way you do it. Leave the junk food alone. The body is more capable than we ever can imagine!


ABC Barbara Walters Special - Aging & Longevity

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