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.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy 100th Herman!

An early Happy Birthday! to Herman Nodorft, who celebrates his 100th birthday later this month. 

Writes Herman's granddaughter Michelle: Herman enjoys playing Euchre, watching sports of all kinds -- especially the Badgers and Packers -- tending the residence's flower beds, feeding birds from his deck, and participating in daily activities planned by staff at his home.

Herman is a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient, who served his country in the 5th Division 11th Infantry from 1941-1945.  He was injured in the war and honorably discharged.   At the age of 98 he visited Washington, D.C., with other WWII veterans as part of the Badger Honor Flight program.   (Click here to read more about the Honor Flight Network.)

Herman farmed outside Boscobel, Wisconsin, for most of his life.  Upon retirement, he and his wife Vera moved to Platteville, Wisconsin, where he resided until moving three years ago.  

His secrets to longevity:  Reading the Bible, having a good sense of humor and staying competitive.

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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.