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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.

Monday, September 21, 2009

National Centenarian Day - September 22nd

To 100 year olds and all of those even older, we celebrate — on this day particularly — your remarkable achievements. Though this holiday is not as well known as other holidays that we celebrate with cards and gifts and such, National Centenarians Day is becoming more recognized. As our population has grown, so has the number of centenarians. In fact, as of July, 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are about 96,000 centenarians and that’s a number that is increasing steadily.

Do you know someone 100 years old or older? Take time today to wish him or her “Happy Centenarians Day!” Centenarians have had an extraordinary journey: born when Teddy Roosevelt was president, a gallon of milk was 32 cents, bread was a nickel a loaf and the cost of a postage stamp was 2 cents. Imagine all of the stories they have to tell!

Pictured: Miriam Krotzer, Vicente Osorio and “Teddy” Schalow.
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  1. It's fantastic that we celebrate the people in our community that have reached this amazing goal. A long and healthy life to you all.


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.