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.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Grandma Louise Turns 100!

Louise Brooks was the first of five children born to Will Laster and Jennie (Farrar) Laster. She was a precocious child who learned how to walk at seven months old! As she has informed all of her children, grandchildren, great-grands and great-great-grands, "I've been working every day since I was seven years old!"

She never had much of a childhood at all. When her mother and father were working, she would be at home taking care of her sick grandmother (Addie Farrar) and her younger siblings. She would put the dinner on and would have to stand on a box to reach the stove.

Grandma Louise has always been a feisty, courageous, energetic woman who says what she means and means what she says. She is known to speak her mind, and her funny yet wise sayings have been entertaining generations of her descendents for years. She is both deeply loved and widely feared. She's quick-witted and can still tell you off six ways to Sunday in the blink of an eye.

Grandma Louise has been blessed not only with longevity but also with excellent health. She was in her nineties the first time she needed hospitalization. She still gets around great as ever and can frequently be found in the kitchen cooking up the best biscuits in the whole world. Her hobbies are reading and playing cross-word and number puzzles.

Grandma is a matriarch who loves us all with a fierceness that only a true mother can. We are proud of her and we love her because as the foundation of our family, the pillar upon which we stand, she has helped make us who we are today.

Her Loving Family

Click to view a YouTube video tribute to Grandma Louise.

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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.