Centenarian Awareness Project Mission:
a great distinction to live to 100 years or more.” –
Lynn Peters Adler, 1985
For the continued involvement of our
elders as integral members of society.
NCAP seeks to contact and honor all those 100 years old
and older as our living links to history and works with
community entities to promote recognition of our eldest
to learn about NCAP Centenarian Recognition Program.
INSPIRATION: AGE EXCELLENTLY!
Active centenarians, who display a positive
attitude, are role models
for the future of aging and inspire us to age
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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
(Click to read more about NCAP and
the Barbara Walters' ABC Special.)
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.
At her celebration Ms. Lillian Cox is shown with Meadows Place Mayor
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:
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!”
"Celebrate 100" Co-Author Steve Franklin on "Fox and Friends"
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!
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.
the video above for more secrets of the wise.
7 Life Secrets of Centenarians
Planning to live to 100? Here's a guide
from those who have already made it.
By Lynn Peters Adler, J.D. | August 17, 2013
Lynn Peters Adler, J.D., is the
co-author, with Steve Franklin, Ph.D., of the
new book, Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to
Success in Business and Life. She is founder and
director of the National Centenarian Awareness
Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to
celebrating centenarians and combating ageism.
Charles "Cliff" Kayhart
proudly displays his iPad in the kitchen of
his Tennessee home; photo taken April, 2013.
Courtesy Lynn Peters Adler
There is no one pathway to reaching age 100.
We all have the opportunity to grab the
brass ring in our own way and many of us
will. One in 26 baby boomers is now expected
to live to 100; legions more will reach the
mid-to-late 90s. In Celebrate 100:
Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business
and Life, the new book I co-authored with
Steve Franklin, we share advice distilled
from interviews and surveys of more than 500
centenarians. Their insights form a guide to
what lies ahead as we inch our way through
our 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
How Centenarians Live Now
Will we still be having fun when we reach
100? A chorus of active centenarians answers
a resounding, "Yes!"
Click to continue reading 7 Life Secrets of
7 Life Secrets of Centenarians also was
published on Forbes.com
Centenarians give tips on
August 8, 2013 11:58 AM
Updated: August 8, 2013 12:36 PM
By PETER KING email@example.com
It's not the same old story.
More people are living to 100, and many are
crossing the century barrier in relatively
good health. From 1980 to 2010, the number
of centenarians in the United States grew 66
percent, while the total population grew 36
percent, according to the U.S. Census
Bureau. As of the 2010 census, there were
more than 53,000 Americans 100 or older.
How do you get to 100? One way to find out
is to ask centenarians how they made it,
which is what Lynn Peters Adler has been
doing for almost 30 years.
Adler, founder and director of the
not-for-profit National Centenarian
Awareness Project, has learned from her
talks with thousands of centenarians that
many share similar personality traits.
have a positive yet realistic attitude," she
says. While many "young" people -- like
those in their 60s and 70s -- might complain
about disabilities and a declining quality
of life, centenarians typically recognize
the limits and cherish their lives. "They
accept the losses and changes that come with
aging, and don't let it stop them," Adler
says. "They find ways to cope, adjust,
Click to continue reading Newsday article
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A thoroughly enthralling book that proves
the truth of the adage, "with age comes
Based on video
recorded interviews and extensive surveys of
more than 500 Centenarians, this
unforgettable book brings you into a world
few human beings have ever known. What must
it be like to have lived an entire
century—and not just any century, but one of
the most fertile, productive, cataclysmic,
revolutionary hundred-year periods in the
history of the human race?
having navigated all of life's personal
milestones against the backdrop of the Jazz
Age, the Great Depression, two World Wars,
the Space Age, the Digital Age, and 9/11;
what stories you would have to tell! In
their own words, and with no small measure
of good humor, these remarkable men and
women tell their stories and share their
insights on life, business, making it and
losing it, great sorrow and joy—and having
lived to tell the tale.
the wisdom and wit of 500 centenarians
into six sections covering the passage
of time, career, money, time management,
secrets of longevity, and capturing and
- Based on
over 500 taped interviews and extensive
questionnaire surveys developed and
conducted by noted experts Steve
Franklin and Lynn Peters Adler
"If you want
to win with money or life, you need to take
a good look at other people who are winning.
If you want to know how to win over the long
haul, you need to talk to people who have a
lot of life experience under their belts and
who've still come out ahead. That's exactly
what you'll get in Celebrate 100."
—Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling
author and nationally syndicated radio show
"Anyone who has ever listened to old men tell stories in a town
square or heard grandmothers and great-grandmothers chatter in the
kitchen knows the sheer joy and fascination of it. Now Steve
Franklin and Lynn Peters Adler have brought us a book that
crackles—and cackles—with just such an experience. Their compilation
of centenarian stories, 'secrets' and advice is a touching and
helpful gift to our youth-obsessed age."
—Stephen Mansfield, New York Times bestselling author
Grandfather, Elmer Askwith, 102
by Kabrina Rozine
Elmer at age 102 is still
quite the gardener.
Look at the size of that carrot!
Elmer Askwith was born
in 1911, the fourth of five children. He grew up in a rural farm
community in a family that, like their neighbors, had big hearts but
little money. One way of passing the time was to listen to and play
music. Elmer’s older sister, Georgina, loved to play the piano that
the Askwith family was fortunate enough to have in their home. Elmer
enjoyed the music and yearned to get his own violin. As a youth, he
browsed the Sears and Roebuck catalog. It contained everything from
toys to clothing, and even houses (in fact more than one family from
his community purchased a home through this venue).
Elmer spotted a violin in the catalog and dreamed of
being able to buy it. The cost was $7.00, which was quite a bit of
money for a family that “didn’t have two pennies to rub together.”
Elmer was excited when he realized that the township was offering 10
cents per rat tail to help control the rat population. He was even
more appreciative of the fact that his father said he could keep all
of the money that he could earn through rat trapping.
Click to continue reading Elmer's story.
National Centenarian Awareness Project (NCAP)
Centenarian Awareness Project (NCAP)
organization, was founded by Lynn
Peters Adler, J.D., who has devoted her career to honoring, studying,
and advocating for increased recognition and inclusion of centenarians
and all elders as a natural part of the fabric of our society. Lynn has
a wealth of information about this increasing segment of our population
and centenarians in particular. Because of her rapport with this special
group, she has a unique understanding of their needs, thoughts, behavior
and philosophies of life. Lynn’s work is predicated on the belief that
ageism in America is both wrong and unnecessary.
Lynn’s voice on centenarians, longevity and positive aging, with an
emphasis on quality of life issues, has been heard throughout the
United States. She continued her long-standing involvement in
community service with her terms on the Arizona
Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging (www.azgovernor.gov/gaca) and the Arizona Attorney
General’s Senior Advisory Council. For ten years she served as
|chairperson of the
Phoenix Mayor’s Aging Services Commission. She
founded the Arizona Centenarian Program during her first
term on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging in the
mid 1980s. (click for more: About Lynn
Lynn, through her company Sterling
Resources Inc., is a consultant to
on programs relating to aging, longevity, centenarians and others of
She also serves as
a catalyst to bring active centenarians to the public’s attention, often
through print and broadcast media.
Lynn Peters Adler (center) with centenarians (l-r)
Ross, Lillian Cox, Elsa Hoffmann and Karl Hartzel.
Click to read
more about the "Fab Five" and
the Barbara Walters ABC Special "Live to be
here to read bios of each of the "Fab Five."
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