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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.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy 100th Harold Rowe!

Harold Rowe celebrated his 100th birthday on March 3rd and even made it on the Smucker’s jar on the TODAY SHOW with Willard Scott.

Originally from upstate New York, Harold and his wife of 76 years, Julie, moved to Georgia in October 2006 to live with daughter Susan and husband Gary and their grandchildren.

In 1941, Harold founded the North Greenbush Ambulance Association, using his dry cleaning truck. He was the first chief and is now an honorary life member. He is also an honorary life member of the Wynantskill Volunteer Fire Department. Harold’s other achievements include being a certified NRA instructor (pistol, shot gun and rifle), as well as a Home Safety and Police Fire Arms instructor.

After owning Rowe’s Cleaners for 35 years, Harold started his second career in 1970 with the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, where he was assigned to Road Patrol. After one year he transferred to the ID Division. His excellence in photography was known state-wide and he assisted several local police departments. He took special Advanced Criminal Photography courses at HVCC and Russell Sage and assisted the NYS Police, Troy Police and Rensselaer Police. For numerous years Harold was the ID Officer for the North Greenbush Police Department. He retired from the Sheriff’s Office in 1982, at the age of 72.

Harold is a life member of the Troy Elks Lodge 141, serving in many capacities: Tiler for 33 years, Official Photographer and Officer of the Year, 1997-1998. He was also the founder of St. Jude’s Horse Show, which raised funds to build a church and school and was the past assistant commissioner of Boy Scouts for 50 years.

Harold walks a block and back every day with his walker and waves to all who pass by. A birthday party was held on March 6th, with guests coming from New York, Colorado, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. He is attending another large birthday party in his hometown in New York later this month. — Contributed by Harold's daughter Susan. (Edited for content.)

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  1. On March 6 2010 I turned 100. You had an interesting life full of accomplishments. You and your family must be very proud. Congratulations. Look forward to having my blog!

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  4. Congratulations on you many accomplishments Harold! I am 3 days younger.... It feels good to be a hundred.

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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
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