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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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sue Whiddon celebrates her 104th birthday - with a surprise!

Beloved and admired elementary school teacher Sue Whiddon celebrated her 104th birthday with 400 guests from her hometown in attendance.

"The line to greet her went round the block," her daughter-in-law, Judy, said proudly. One can imagine that after greeting a few hundred well-wishers, Mrs. Whiddon was getting a little weary - and then suddenly a complete surprise: Standing before her was her college roommate, Eloise Rogers, 101, (see photo at left of Sue, seated, and Eloise) who lives in another state. A joyous reunion quickly followed; the two former co-eds are now centenarians! What a happy coincidence.

Mrs. Whiddon has her own apartment, still drives, engages in church and community activities and is "fiercely independent," friends say.

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1 comment:

  1. My wonderful grandmother is 105, stil goes out to lunch and shop several days a week. She is a 65 year cancer survivor. Wish I could attach her beautiful photo.


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
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