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   "Celebrate 100" Co-Author Steve Franklin on "Fox and Friends"

Huffington Post
January 22, 2014
Looking for the answers to life's questions? Well who better to ask than those who've lived longest.

"Fox and Friends" interviewed a handful of people who have aged gracefully beyond 100 and asked them for their words of wisdom.

"You don't have to have money to be rich. If you've got a family, a wonderful family that you love and they they love you, then you're rich," said Loren Cartwright, 100.

Cartwright was among over 100 centenarians interviewed for a new book entitled, "Celebrate 100," which shares morsels of wisdom from the much wiser elders. The U.S. population of centenarians has already topped 70,000 in recent years. And get this -- the oldest person to ever live reached the age of 122!

The centenarians doled out no-nonsense advice on everything from investments to real estate to aging gracefully. A word from the wise? Lay off the booze. Watch the video above for more secrets of the wise.

NCAP's "Fab Five" Gal Lillian Cox Celebrates Her 107th Birthday

Lillian Cox, at age 100, was one of NCAP's "Fab Five" who was interviewed by Barbara Walters on her ABC Special "'Live to be 150". Lillian recently celebrated her 107th birthday. Click to read more about Lillian.
Mayor Jessup proclaims Lillian Cox Day for her 107th Birthday
By Karen Daniels
Born on February 22, 1907, in Quincy, Florida, Ms. Lillian Cox celebrated her 107th birthday at The Hamptons in the City of Meadows Place, where she has lived since moving to Texas at 104. Currently it is said that she holds the title as oldest resident in Fort Bend County, but you wouldn’t know it. Her skin is smooth and glowing. Her hair is silvery and upswept. She simply defies age. Ms. Cox has been called the “savvy centenarian” and “a woman ahead of her time.” For her 100th birthday she was interviewed by Barbara Walters in New York City. The program was called “Live to be 150.”

(Click to read more about NCAP and the Barbara Walters' ABC Special.)

As a child, Ms. Cox remembers traveling in a horse-drawn buggy to attend inaugural events in Tallahassee. And when the 1929 stock market crash occurred, she was only 22. Her husband of more than 50 years, Thomas Henry Cox, became unable to work in 1947, so she began selling women’s clothing for the next 30, opening her own store Lillian’s in 1957. Sadly, Ms. Cox outlived her husband, and their only child, Carolyn, who died at the age of 80.

Lillian Cox Celebrates Her 107th Birthday

At her celebration Ms. Lillian Cox is shown with Meadows Place Mayor Charles Jessup.

Ms. Lillian Cox is a woman who makes growing old look good. It may not surprise you that someone with this much determination and pizzazz continues to have gentleman callers. Her current boyfriend is 97, making him 10 years younger, and making her a cougar. Her family laughs about this proudly.
  • Best advice for a long life: Drink plenty of water – without ice.
  • Best invention during her lifetime: Air-conditioning 
  • Biggest regret: Not having more kids 
  • Motto: Don’t just sit around and do nothing. 

Also attending the party, friends from the community, her son-in-law, granddaughters, great-granddaughter, other family members, and Mayor Charles Jessup. Ms. Cox is a skilled gardener, three-time cancer survivor, and was featured as one of the oldest living drivers in the nation by Inside Edition. (She gave up driving in 2009 at 102.) After the Mayor read the proclamation, the party ended with as police escort parade around The Hamptons as Ms. Lillian Cox waived from a 1925 Model-T. Mayor Jessup told her, “See you next year, Lillian!”

  Madeline Turpan Celebrates 101st Birthday at NY's Famed Delmonico's

Madeline Turpan celebrated her 101st birthday with a luncheon at the famed Delmonico's restaurant in New York's financial district on September 26, organized by her nephew Gene Nifenecker. Lynn was pleased to be invited and to spend time with the vivacious and witty "Aunt Mad" and her family.

"This is a special place for me," Madeline explained, "and I haven't been here in a long time. I have Mr. Delmonico to thank for being born who I am!"

She then told the story of how her father had been brought to New York from a small town in France by the owner after he happened to dine at a restaurant where her father was the chef.

Madeline Turpan, 101, with Delmonico's exec chef Billy Oliva

Madeline Turpan celebrates her 101st birthday at
Delmonico's in New York City. Current Delmonico's
executive chef William Oliva is pictured with Madeline.

"Mr. Delmonico hired my father on the spot and paid his way to New York. My father was the executive chef here for several years. He met and married my mother here in New York and Voila! I was born and here I am 101 years later!"

Madeline brought along her father's copy of the original Delmonico's cookbook, copyright 1894 she recalls, and asked current executive chef William Oliva to autograph the book. She pointed out her father's notes in the margins of several pages, as he made adjustments to some of the recipes over the years. "By the early 1920s, some of the ingredients were no longer available, such as the wild game, and seasonings had changed, she said, "The country had entered the modern era" The restaurant's copy of the cookbook, on display in its showcase, was printed in 1901.

It was a day for books and book signings. Lynn autographed Madeline's copy of her new book "Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life." Madeline is featured in the final chapter "The Centenarian Spirit," the five traits active centenarians have in common. Madeline illustrates trait # 1 - a love of life, which includes a sense of humor and a healthy dose of self esteem - Joie de vive! It fits her perfectly.

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 MSN MONEY     About Celebrate 100

Money secrets of centenarians
A new book reveals financial lessons from Americans who lived to age 100 and beyond.
By Elaine Pofeldt, SwitchYard Media, special to MSN Money

A growing demographic 

There were more than 53,000 Americans who were at least 100 years old as of the 2010 census, and the number is expected to soar to more than 600,000 by 2050. Undoubtedly, many of these long-lived Americans have been blessed with good genes, but many also share common habits that have helped them in aging well, according to the new book "Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life," based on interviews with 500 centenarians.

"I love to share the wisdom of the older generation. We need to hear it," says co-author Steve Franklin, a former professor and associate dean at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, who collaborated on the book with Lynn Peters Adler, the founder and director of the nonprofit National Centenarian Awareness Project. Here are some money strategies to borrow from America's longest-living citizens.

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Many Baby Boomers today are filling the role of Care Giver to an aging parent or aging parents. This is Claire Abel's touching story as Care Giver to her mom, Anne.

My Mom Anne
by Claire Abel

My Mom, Anne, has lived with my husband, Lyle, and me for the last 16 years. She was 87 when she arrived, old in years, but not in spirit or her desire to live life. That was nice for me because I could take her everywhere, shopping, out to breakfast, lunch or dinner, out with friends, to concerts, visiting friends at their homes and to church. She never said "no" and loved getting out if just to ride in the car.

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Claire and her Mom, Anne
Mother's Day 2012

America's Outstanding Oldest Worker - 2012

Loren Wade was born in Winfield, Kan., on July 25, 1912, and has lived there his entire life.  He graduated from Winfield High School in 1930. His first job was at 12 when he pulled weeds at a tree nursery, and he has worked consistently ever since.

During his 88 years in the workforce, Wade had many jobs that have helped keep Winfield going. After graduation he made iron and aluminum castings. Then he got a job at the Ford Garage, where he earned $12 for a 60-hour workweek until the Depression hit. Then “if you could get a job, you grabbed it,” so he drove a truck and ushered at the Nile Theater in town. Before World War II and after he returned from 43 months in the Air Force where he served in India and China, he worked for Railway Express. He also had his own business laying carpet, sanding floors, and installing ceramic tile and a couple of jobs with the U.S. Postal Service. In 1983 he left his mail carrier job but was not yet ready to retire. That is when he found employment at the Winfield Walmart – where he has been ever since.

Loren Wade: America's Outstanding Oldest Worker 2012

Loren Wade - America's Outstanding
Oldest Worker - 2012

Over the years Wade has done a bit of everything at the store. He had the privilege of meeting Sam Walton twice when he stopped by the Winfield Walmart for a visit. Wade heard Walton say to a manager, “Why don’t we have more guys like this working here?”

Today, Wade works 30 hours, five days a week. He estimates he walks two or three miles a day doing his job, which includes restocking, changing merchandise displays, working the cash registers, and serving customers. He is currently assigned to the pet supplies department. Not only is he knowledgeable about the merchandise, he is a patient, pleasant, and conscientious employee. Customers and fellow employees often say, “If you need something, ask Loren; he will know where to find it.”

Loren Wade at work at Walmart

Wade is a role model in his community and to other older workers because of his diligent work ethic and unstoppable desire to continue to do the best possible job at whatever he is doing. To him, age does not matter. Wade’s advice to people in the workforce today: “Do a good day’s work for your pay.”

When not working, enjoying home life with his wife, or tending his garden, Wade goes to rehearsals and performances with the Winfield City Band; he’s played the saxophone for the past 79 years!  Music (and work) make him happy, but so does candy, especially chocolate and various gummy things. 

Story and Photos:

Happy 100th Sidney!
by Uncle Sid's niece, Ruth 

Sidney celebrates his 100th birthday on June 16, 2012. He is the beloved patriarch of his family. A retired economics professor (Fairleigh Dickinson, Montclair State) and a respected author and arbitrator, he is a consummate reader and is the "star" at current affairs meetings at his retirement home.

Sydney loves to discuss world and domestic politics and his opinions are valued and respected. His tireless intellectual curiosity and sense of humor make him a role model for anyone and everyone over the age of 75.

Happy 100th Sidney!

1940 Census records set to be released
Includes details on 21 million American still alive today
CRISTIAN SALAZAR, Associated Press, RANDY HERSCHAFT, Associated Press

Monday, April 2, 2012
     When the 1940 census records are released Monday, Verla Morris can consider herself a part of living history.
     Morris, who is in her 100th year, will get to experience the novelty of seeing her own name and details about her life in the records being released by the U.S. National Archives online after 72 years of confidentiality expires.
     “I’d be happy to see it there,” she said. “I don’t think anything could surprise me, really.”
     Morris is one of more than 21 million people alive in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who were counted in the 16th federal decennial census, which documents the tumultuous decade of the 1930s transformed by the Great Depression and black migration from the rural South. It’s a distinction she shares with such living celebrities as Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman.

Verla Morris
Ross D. Franklin/AP

When the 1940 census records are released Monday, Verla Morris, who will turn 100 later this year, will see her own name and details about her life in the records being released after 72 years of confidentiality expires, allowing her to find out more about her family tree.

     Morris, who has been working on her family history since 1969 and has written six books on its branches, said census records were essential for her genealogical work because oftentimes people don’t want to give their personal information.
     “Lots of times I just have to wait until maybe they die,” she said. “Then I’ll have all their information.”
     But census records, which include names, addresses and — in the case of the 1940 census, income and employment information — are rich with long-veiled personal details.
     Morris, who turns 100 in August and was contacted through the National Centenarian Awareness Project, said she was working as a keypunch operator in Fairfield, Ill., when the 1940 census was taken. “I don’t remember them taking my census,” said Morris, who lives in Chandler, Ariz.
     While a name index will not be immediately available to search, tens of thousands of researchers across the country are expected to go on a monumental genealogical hunt this week through the digitized records for details on 132 million people. Access to the records will be free and open to anyone on the Internet. ...

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Arizona Centennial 1912 - 2012
Happy 100th Birthday Arizona!

Tuesday, February 14th, was Statehood Day in Arizona, celebrating its centennial. One of the many events commemorating Arizona's 100th birthday was the Centenarian Brunch. As founder of the Phoenix-based National Centenarian Awareness Project and member of the Governor's Arizona Centennial Commission, Lynn Adler attended. See Slide Show to the right.
     The Centenarian Brunch honored individuals who are 100 years old or more this year and companies and nonprofit organizations that have been in business in Arizona for 100 years or more. Sixty-six Arizona centenarians were recognized at this Signature Centennial Event.


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Read "Arizonans Older Than the State" - The Arizona Republic

100 Years and Counting
PHOENIX Magazine
By Jessica Testa

PHOENIX Magazine - 100 years of Arizona

On the cusp of Arizona's Centennial [Feb 14, 2012], a Phoenix woman is working to end age discrimination by celebrating Arizonans over age 100.

…    Lynn Peters Adler, director of the National Centenarian Awareness Project, moved to Arizona in 1984 from New York, where she studied elder law at Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Advocating for the elderly was an interest that sprung up in Adler's teenage years, when she watched her 60-something grandmother struggle with age-related feelings of shame and marginalization.
     "It seemed to me that older people became shunned by society, and I thought that was wrong," Adler says. "We have so much to learn - not just from centenarians, but from our elders. I always thought it was a shame we don't take advantage of their presence in our lives."   

    In Arizona, Adler saw an opportunity. "I caught the pioneer spirit," she says. "I thought I could really make a difference in this state."
    In 1985, Adler secured a post on Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard's Aging Services Commission, where she became chairwoman and remained for three administrations. Under Goddard, she created the Phoenix Centenarian Program, and then the Arizona Centenarian Program, organizing the first of many statewide centenarian events.
    In 1987, Adler was appointed to the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging, representing the state in Washington, D.C., on National Centenarian Day and working with the National Institute on Aging to develop centenarian programs in each state.
    In 1988, Adler conducted a survey of Arizona's 271 centenarians. She recognized five traits that most centenarians seemed to share: love of life (which included sense of humor and desire to socialize), personal courage, a positive but realistic attitude, a strong religious or spiritual belief, and the ability to "accept the losses and changes that come with aging and not let it stop them," Adler says. She called these traits the "Centenarian Spirit."
    "They don't sit around and worry about dying. They sit around worrying about living," Adler says.  "Most centenarians have lost their spouses. Most centenarians have lost their friends. But they're not quitters. They go on. To hear someone who's 103 say they're enjoying every day of their life – there's nothing better than that."
    In 1989, based on the success of the Arizona programs and inspired by the survey results, Adler launched the National Centenarian Awareness Project, an organization based in Phoenix that advocates for the recognition of elders as essential members of society, nationwide. Adler, now in her 60s, has since written a book. Centenarians: The Bonus Years; co-produced a PBS documentary, Centenarians Tell It Like It Is; and introduced centenarians to Barbara Walters for an ABC special.
    "All my best friends are 100 and over. We go out for lunch and we do things that people would do with any friend at any age," Adler says. "Although they go to the gym more than I do." ...

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