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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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Our Fab Five Gal Lillian Cox Celebrates Her 105th Birthday!

Lillian Cox, who gained national notoriety in 2008 as one of the "Fab Five" centenarians interviewed by Barbara Walters on the ABC Special about aging and longevity, celebrated her 105th birthday on February 22nd with friends and family. Lillian, pictured with her birthday cake, was a life-long resident of Tallahassee, Florida, until she moved this past summer to the Houston area to be near her granddaughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In an email to National Centenarian Awareness Project founder Lynn Peters Adler, granddaughter Alyson writes:

I wanted to update you on Grandmother. I think she has settled into life in Texas. She decided this summer she would like to be near the granddaughters and great-grandkids. It was quite an experience moving a 104 year old half way across the country. But, she handled it like a trooper. Residents and employees at the [long term care facility] have told me what an inspiration she is. She is out and about in her Hawaiian print dresses and dances when they have musical entertainment. She is the hit of the facility and has snagged a gentleman friend. He is 94 and neither requires a cane or walker. They hold hands and he sings to her. They are very cute.

We invite you to read more about Lillian on our website. Click here to read about Lillian's fascinating life and to view photos.

To read more about the Barbara Walters Special: "Live to be 150… Can you do it?" click here.

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  1. The blog was absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need!


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
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