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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, June 05, 2011

Honoring World War II Veterans

Written by Nancy Page

Honor Flight Arizona:
It's an opportunity to bring WWII vets to their memorial.

World War II was truly a global conflict that threatened the stability of the entire world. In 1939, Hitler attacked Poland, eventually spreading fear and death across Europe. In the United States, our nation was in a severe financial depression and declined to become involved in the battles raging across Europe. That all changed on December 7, 1941, a “day that will live in infamy.”

Early on a peaceful Sunday morning, Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing thousands of American servicemen. By December 8th the United States was at war with Japan and on December 11th, the U.S. declared war against Germany and Italy. By the end of WWII, 16 million American men and women had answered the call to serve. Almost half a million of them died. The remaining Merchant Marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guard and Marines trickled home over the next few years, and quietly returned to their lives, families and jobs.

Fast forward to the Vietnam Conflict. After this war ended, the American people began to acknowledge those veterans’ sacrifices by erecting the Vietnam wall in Washington, D.C. This was soon followed by the construction of the Korean Memorial. Slowly, it was realized that a WWII Memorial had never been built. While the Iwo Jima Memorial stood as a tribute to the Marines, no place of honor existed for all WWII Veterans.

This was rectified when the WWII Memorial was dedicated in 2004, over 60 years after the end of that war. Located on the National Mall, it gives tribute to the widespread and costly price paid by our heroes who saved our nation in those dark days.

The time had come for the final mission of WWII. In 2004, Earl Morse, a Physician’s Assistant who worked in Ohio, found that most of his patients would never be able to travel to see their Memorial due to health or financial concerns. Earl set out to fly some of them in private planes to Washington, D.C. The trip was such a success, that he launched Honor Flight Network to assist other WWII veterans on their journey to the Memorial. The concept rapidly spread across the country, arriving in Arizona in 2008.

(Pictured: L to R Glen Thompson, Dennis Kavanaugh and Don Casey)

Honor Flight Arizona began flying WWII veterans to the nation’s capitol in 2009 for a 3-day trip of commemoration and remembrance. These flights are completely free to the veterans and are funded entirely by donations. Volunteers pay their own way to accompany the veterans - who are 85-96 years old - to ensure their safety and enjoyment. However this mission is a finite one. Only one of four WWII veterans is still alive today. Twelve hundred WWII veterans are dying each day across the country.

Currently, Honor Flight Arizona has 300 veterans on their list waiting to fly, including 22 from Yavapai County. It is hoped that with an increase in support, Honor Flight Arizona will be able to show gratitude to the veterans who reside in our state. The cost to fly each veteran to Washington, D.C for the three-day trip is $850.00.

Honor Flight AZ is a non-profit organization managed solely by volunteers. There are no paid employees. The primary office is located right here in Prescott. If you are interested in learning more about this cause, you can go to http://www.honorflightaz.org/ , email info@honorflightaz.org. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (928) 377-1020

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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.