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, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter! Happy Birthday!

Happy 100th, Mallie!

Mallie Wright, who celebrated her 100th birthday on March 25th, loves to collect antiques and has a large collection of antique lamps.

Mallie and her late husband, a pastor, spent many years in the ministry. She remains very active in church and still lives in her own home. 

Mallie has two siblings: one lived into her 90s, the other lived to be 100, as well.  Mallie loves spending time with her family.  She has one son, Knox, who is deceased, and one daughter, Betty, one grandson, Gary, and his wife, Lisa, two great grandsons, Zachary and Andrew, and a great-great-grand baby on the way.

Happy 100th, Frances!

Frances Meis celebrated her 100th birthday on March 30th. She still lives in her own home and goes on walks two times a day. Frances has always been a proponent of exercise and healthy eating.   

She enjoys being with her family, reading and doing puzzles.
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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.