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, February 12, 2012

Happy 109th Bishop Otis G. Clark

Celebrating African-American History Month

Bishop Otis G. Clark was born on February 13, 1903, in Oklahoma. At the time, Oklahoma was still Indian Territory and it did not become a state until 1907.

The National Centenarian Awareness Project featured Bishop Clark on its February, 2008, calendar.
Click to view the calendar and read more about Bishop Clark.

Of Interest
Evangelist Clark is older than the state of Oklahoma, which was incorporated in 1907.

He knew original members of the Azusa Street Mission, which was started by William J. Seymour in 1906 and was given the power of attorney of the original Azusa Street Mission.

He is a 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Survivor. This took place on America’s Black Wall street, the Greenwood district of Tulsa, OK.

He still lives independently

He takes no medications

He has all of his natural teeth

He does not regularly wear glasses with the exception of reading glasses

He eats a healthy and balanced diet of lean beef, chicken, fruits and vegetables

He threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Boston Red Sox the year they won the World Series

He traveled on a mission trip to Africa. The first when he was 103 yrs old and the second when he was 104 yrs old and went to the West Indies at 107

He is the world's oldest traveling minister

To read more about Bishop Clark, visit Life Enrichment Ministries: http://www.lifeenrichmentinc.com/

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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.