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, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Mary, Lynn's grandmother
(here about age 16), was the
inspiration for her work in
the field of aging. 
My mom's goal in life was to be a mother - she often said it was all she had ever wanted since she was a child. Thanks to me, she got to celebrate her first Mother's Day, and then went on to have a beautiful baby boy, who tragically only lived for three-and-a-half years. Then a miracle: she became the mother of twin sons when she was almost 40! God's blessing.

Evelyn, Lynn's mother (here,
age 17), always wanted to
be a mother.
As my "best volunteer" throughout my years of work with centenarians, she was commonly known as "Lynn's Mom," which she enjoyed, and that said it all.
New mother - Lynn's mom,
Evelyn. She's pictured here
with Lynn on her lap.

We wish a very Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers - and, yes, some great great grandmothers - everywhere! And I offer this message: Treasure your mother. Though she may drive you nuts sometimes, she is one-of-a-kind, a unique gift to be cherished - always. And the older you become, the more you will find this true.

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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.