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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, April 19, 2009

“Play Ball” ... It’s Music to Leo Baley’s Ears

“I like (to watch) basketball,” remarks centenarian Leo Baley, “but baseball’s my game, has been since I was a kid.” Leo (pictured at left) still has his first glove, which he keeps among his baseball memorabilia. It was very well used during his high school and college years. “Look at the difference between then and today, in the design,” he marvels. In law school, though, Leo had to give up the sport. “I was married at the time, working during the day and going to school at night; at my wife’s urging, I didn’t have time left for sports.” Leo describes himself as having been a “country lawyer,” but he spent part of his career working for the state of Wisconsin. “I retired as soon as I could, and my wife, who was a nurse, and I enjoyed life. We took cruises and one year drove up the Alaskan highway.”

Leo is still enjoying his retirement years, complete with a little baseball participation. For his 100th birthday last July 8th, he got to throw out the first ball at an Arizona Diamondback’s home game. He also got to meet some of the players and Joe Gargiola, Sr., pictured with Leo at the left. “That was a real thrill,” he tells. Is he looking forward to a repeat performance this year? “I doubt it,” Leo says with a smile. “That’s a once-in-a lifetime experience. But I’m glad the season’s started so I can watch the games on TV!” Leo has been a life-long Milwaukee Brewers fan; now residing in Arizona, he counts himself as one of the thousands of Arizona Diamondbacks fans.

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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.