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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, October 25, 2013

105-year-old Pennsylvania man earns high school diploma

Bill Mohr, 105, is seen holding his high school diploma in this
undated photo. (KABC Photo)



PHILADELPHIA (KABC) -- A Pennsylvania man had a big week as he celebrated a few important milestones.

Bill Mohr turned 105 on Sunday and celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary. And that's not all. He also just earned his high school diploma.

Back in 1926, the 15-year-old and his family had to move so his father could keep his job. Mohr had to leave St. Joseph's Preparatory School and get a job himself.

After Mohr told his daughter he would have liked to finish his high school years at his prep school, she helped make that dream a reality with the help of school officials.

"If I die tomorrow, I'm not going to ask the Lord for anything. He has given me everything I need over the years," said Mohr.

As can be expected, Mohr was more than happy to receive his diploma.

ABC News contributed to this report.

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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.