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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 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

A special Mother's Day tribute to Louise Mitchell.

Contributed by Canastota, New York, Mayor Carla M. DeShaw

Louise Bruno Mitchell was born on April 10, 1910 in Canastota, New York.  Her father, Angelo, emigrated from the Province of Calabria, Italy, in 1905 and her mother emigrated from the Province of Cosenza, Italy. Louise had one sister, Carmella (Bruno) Rinaldo. Louise's mother died in 1913. Her father remarried; Josephine Farfaglia and Angelo had five children: Dominic, Charles, Louis, Angelo Jr. and Theresa.

Louise married Angelo Mitchell on April 28, 1928 and they had five children: Samuel, Angelo, Joseph, Rosalie, and Donald. Louise has 19 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren. 

Louise Mitchell and her family on "her day," as declared by Canastota, New York, Mayor Carla M. DeShaw
 Louise worked at Smith Lee of Oneida, New York, for 16 years. At the same time, Louise worked beside her husband on the mucklands, the rich, organic soil of the area. Louise retired from Smith Lee to work for her sons, cooking at their restaurant the Village Inn in Chittenango, New York.

Louise still enjoys cooking for her family and having Sunday dinners. Louise would always make the holidays very special for her family. Louise enjoyed making bread and giving the bread to family and friends. When anyone went to her house for a visit, they always left with a full stomach.

Louise enjoyed crocheting afghans and giving one or two to every family member.  Louise still lives in her home with help from her caring daughter Rosalie.

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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.