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, March 28, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday, Oreo!

Oreo, the cookie we all grew up eating, is celebrating a very big milestone – its 100th birthday. On March 6, the National Biscuit Company sold its first Oreos to a grocer in Hoboken, New Jersey. The price was 30 cents for each pound of cookies. …

Oreos are now sold in more than 100 countries (China is the second-highest consumer, after the U.S.) and are the best-selling cookie brand of the 21st century, according to parent company Kraft Foods.

We may only know the Oreo in American incarnations like Double Stuf, Cool Mint, White Fudge-Covered, Cakesters, Peanut Butter and Golden (vanilla), but in other countries, there are Oreo Green Tea Ice Cream (China), Oreo Alfajor (Argentina) and Oreo Strawberry (Indonesia), to name a few.

Whatever the flavorings or fillings, at its heart, the Oreo is a sandwich cookie, which means there are lots of ways to eat it. There’s the (Kraft-approved) “twist, lick and dunk” with a glass of milk, or more imaginative methods – like nibbling the cookies slowly, eating several cookies at once, or letting them get soggy in a glass of milk. …

But that’s the cool thing about a product that’s been around for so long – almost everyone has their own special taste memory.

Source: iVillage.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.