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.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy 100th Wilma!

Wilma celebrated her l00th birthday on May 6th

Contributed by her grandson David

Wilma enjoys church, gardening and making Sunday brunch for the family. She was raised in a mill village in North Carolina and has been a resident of North Carolina all of her life. She has one brother and one sister who also live North Carolina. Wilma has three children of her own; Donald Lee, Annette, and Douglas. All currently reside in North Carolina as well.

My grandmother was always home when I was a young boy and a teenager, as she never learned to drive or acquired a drivers license. I still remember stopping in on her as a teenager for a glass of tea and to sit on the porch and watch her feed a squirrel she had named Petey. She had trained Petey to eat pecans out of her hand. It took her two years to get Petey to take the first pecan from her hand, but she never gave up and Petey would come to see her in the kitchen window almost every day to let her know it was time to feed him.

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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.