Welcome Bloggers to Live to 100 and Beyond

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, June 19, 2011

Celebrating Fathers Day

Col. Benjamin White Heckemeyer

Presented by eldest daughter Susie

My father, who turned 100 on April 22nd, is one of five remaining classmates of the 1935 class at West Point. He was part of the US Cavalry and attended Harvard for post-graduate work in foreign affairs where he received his Masters. He worked as an aide for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. After which, he was ordered to the Intelligence Division of the War Department. He served under General MacArthur in the South Pacific, and in Korea he was Asst. Chief of Staff for G-2. He served the army in many other assignments and ended his military career at Fort Monroe, VA, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.

After 35 years of service and two Legion of Merit Awards, he retired to be with his wonderful wife, Collette, and five daughters who have had varied careers. He currently has seven grandchildren -- all embarking upon various careers as well.

Pictured: Col. Heckemeyer with his family.

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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.