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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, June 07, 2013

Dorothy Custer Celebrates Her 102nd Birthday With a Jump From a Bridge!

Dorothy Custer is 102 and for her birthday, she decided to jump off a bridge (see video)! In a tandem jump, she leaped from a bridge over the Snake River in Idaho. After landing successfully and safely Dorothy said: "It was too short! I don't know why it went down so quickly. But that was all right." Last year Dorothy "flew" across the Snake River Canyon on a zip line.

Dorothy became a friend of the National Centenarian Awareness Project when she reached her 100th birthday. From our centenarian archives:

Dorothy Custer, 100  "Let Me Entertain You!"
“I just love the sound of applause,” says Dorothy Custer, who turned 100 in June, “and I have ever since I was five years old.  I was given the role of Tiny Tim in a school performance of “A Christmas Carol” because there wasn’t a young boy to play the part.  I had one line,” she recalls, “When I heard the applause – that was it; I’ve been performing in one way or another ever since.”   

Dorothy Custer at Universal Studios before her appearance on
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in June, 2011. She had the
picture taken because she knew Jay Leno likes motorcycles!

     Over the years this Idaho native has had many roles including college student, school teacher, wife, mother, community organizer, volunteer and recently Pioneer of the Year. But entertainer is her longest running role and her passion. 
      “It’s just natural for me,” she says earnestly. “Entertaining others, spreading joy and laughter is what I love to do. I belong to a group called the Good Sam Traveling Club; we go all over performing at various functions – we’re in demand!”  
      Dorothy has developed 13 characters, as she calls them, including “Granny Clampett” from "The Beverly Hillbillies."  She writes skits and jokes, and makes costumes for each character.  She is known for her harmonica playing, which she’s been perfecting since the age of 12, as well as her quick wit and stand up comedic talent. 
      “I like to have fun.”  As she told Jay Leno on a recent appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," “No one has had as much fun as I have in my life!”

Dorothy is featured in Lynn's new book "Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life" (John Wiley & Sons), which is due out later this summer. 

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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.