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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

101 Year Old to Show 81 Year Old Packard

Margaret Dunning, 101, (in photo above) to show her 1930 Packard Roadster at the Concours d’Elegance of America – both driver and car looking good and running fine…

David Packard would be proud of Ms. Dunning of Plymouth, Michigan, who will exhibit one of his great touring cars later this month. The prestigious event is being held this year in her hometown.

“I love this car, I really do,” she was quoted as saying in the New York Times Automobiles Section on Sunday, July 10. Ms. Dunning has owned the Packard since 1949. It has been painstakingly restored and maintained; her mechanic has a lot of experience – he’s 90. But she keeps her hand in, too, still changing the oil herself.

A collector and car enthusiast, Ms. Dunning belongs to car clubs including the Michigan Region Classic Car Club of America. Her father taught her to drive in a Model T at the age of 12; Henry Ford himself was a neighbor and a friend. She has had a love of cars ever since and has owned numerous antique and classic cars over the years and often drives to car meets. She presently has a 1931 Ford Model A, a 1966 Cadillac DeVille, a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible; for everyday use she drives a 2003 DeVille that she plans to replace soon but hasn’t decided on her next vehicle yet.

Click to read the story of Ms. Dunning’s life and love of automobiles and view slideshow and video.

Photo credit: Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times

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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.