Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life
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?
Imagine 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.
- Distills 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 sharing wisdom
- Full of timeless advice, like "Money cannot make you, but it can break you," with anecdotes about savings, debt, and investing for the long-run—the really, really long run
- Based on over 500 taped interviews and extensive questionnaire surveys developed and conducted by noted experts Steve Franklin and Lynn Peters Adler
Introduction: Century-Old Questions . . . Century-Old Answers xiii
CHAPTER 1 1
TODAY’S CENTENARIANS—CELEBRITIES AND NATIONAL TREASURES: A CENTURY OF WISDOM
The Celebrities of Aging: Centenarians in the Spotlight 4
The Age of Centenarians: A Million or More by 2050? 8
The Wisdom of Centenarians: Authentic—Experience, Not Theory 9
National Treasures: Unique—Individually and Collectively 11
Cameos of Today’s Centenarians 14
A Century of Progress: Th eir Century 23
CHAPTER 2 31
THE SCIENCE AND ART OF LIVING LONGER AND LIVING BETTER: EVERYBODY’S DOING IT
On Being 100 32
Increasing Longevity 34
Lifestyle Improvements through Technology 40
Using Computers, Tablets, and Smartphones 41
Lifestyle Choices 42
The Big Three 42
Healthy Diet 43
The Benefits of Exercise 46
Socialization and Quality of Life 53
The Importance of Family 62
Interests and Avocations 67
CHAPTER 3 75
MONEY WISE AND TIME TESTED
How They Think We Are Doing 78
Simple Saving Wisdom: Battle of Needs versus Wants 81
Debt Is a Four-Letter Word 83
Time-ly Advice 85
Investing Today—After a Century of Perspective 90
Defining Rich 97
CHAPTER 4 101
Take This Job and Love It 102
From Success to Significance 106
Teachers Extraordinaire 112
Keeping Up and Keeping On 118
Wise Work Advice 119
CHAPTER 5 131
THE TOP SECRETS FROM OUR CENTENARIANS
Secret 1: Attitude 134
Secret 2: Healthy Eating 137
Secret 3: Faith 139
Secret 4: Exercise and Activity 142
Secret 5: Clean Living 144
Secret 6: Family 147
Secret 7: Genetics 150
Advice to Centenarian Wannabes 151
Why 100? 155
CHAPTER 6 159
THE CENTENARIAN SPIRIT: YOU’VE GOTTA HAVE HEART
The Centenarian Spirit 161
The Centenarian Spirit in Action 162
Renegotiating Life 167
Sparks of the Spirit 168
Centenarians on the Go 172
Keeping Life Interesting—Common Interests, Not Common Age 179
Contemporary Centenarians—Thinking and Feeling Young 183
Catch the Spirit: Forget Aging Gracefully—Age Excellently! 192
A Formula for Longevity 195
A Toast to Future Centenarians 195
Appendix: Sharing the Wisdom 197
100 Questions to Capture the Secrets to a Long and Fulfilling Life 198
Notes and Further Reading 203
About the Authors 207
Steve Franklin is an author, educator, speaker, businessman and centenarian wannabe. He is passionate about capturing the wisdom, wit, and advice of centenarians across America and energetically sharing it with the younger generation. He co-authored two major business textbooks that were adopted in hundreds of colleges and universities across America, educating thousands of college students about principles of business success. His articles have been published in over 40 publications, and his research has been reported in numerous periodicals throughout the nation including The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune and many more. He has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs, including the Gannett Broadcasting “Million Dollar Dreams” series aired throughout the country and watched by millions of viewers.
Dr. Franklin was a tenured professor and associate dean, and received the number one teaching evaluation by students three times at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He has consulted with and delivered hundreds of keynote speeches to major organizations throughout North America, Europe, South Africa, and Dubai including Coca-Cola, General Electric, Federal Express, Northwestern Mutual, UPS, AT&T, Johnson and Johnson, IBM, Chick-fil-A. While at Emory, he cofounded the Emory Center for Healthcare Leadership and now serves on the Board of Regents at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College in England and is the Chairman of the Board of Governors for The American University in Dubai. For the past several years he has visited, videotaped, interviewed, dined, danced, laughed a lot, cried a little, and even exercised with centenarians all across America to capture and share their secrets and love for long and abundant life. Steve’s goal is to live 120 years healthy, wealthy, and wise with his incredible wife, Elaine. He is over halfway there!
Lynn Peters Adler is founder and director of the nonprofit National Centenarian Awareness Project, and is an expert on the lifestyles of active centenarians. For over 20 years she has been an advocate of positive aging. Lynn conducted the first nationwide survey of centenarian lifestyles and is the author of the award-winning book Centenarians: The Bonus Years. She co-produced the first centenarian documentary, Centenarians Tell It Like It Is, which aired regionally on PBS, and authored an inspirational calendar featuring active centenarians, Age with Grace: The Centenarian Spirit, published by Cedco Publishing.
Lynn has been featured in major media, including a CNN special, Newsweek and People magazines, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and numerous local and regional media formats. She has appeared on all national television networks as well as various cable stations and radio programs. In 2008 she assisted the production and appeared in a Barbara Walters special, “Living to 150: Can You Do It?,” with four of her centenarian friends. She was a two-term member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging in Arizona, past chairman of the Phoenix Mayor’s Aging Services Commission, and member of the Arizona Attorney General’s Task Force on Elder Abuse. She founded Arizona’s Centenarian Program in 1985–1986, and was instrumental in helping other states and entities establish similar programs. Lynn is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and holds a law degree. She now lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is a writer, speaker, and consultant on centenarians and aging excellently. Her web site, www.adlercentenarians.org, includes the blog Live to 100 and Beyond and is the home of the National Centenarian Awareness Project. All proceeds she receives from the sale of Celebrate 100 will go to furthering the work of NCAP.
Many answers to the challenging questions of life today can be found in the wisdom of those who have traveled the road before us. We seek answers to our troubling economy, answers to an uncertain future, and answers that will lead to financial security, emotional stability, meaningful relationships, enjoyable work, and living life longer, healthier, and "larger." What if the answers to many of these challenges about money, work and life could be found in the authentic wisdom and experiences from the past and present in America's centenarians? And what if we fail to capture that wisdom and experience -those secrets - and share them with the younger generation?
Based on video recorded interviews and extensive surveys of more than 500 centenarians, Celebrate 100 Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life (WILEY: July 2013) by Steve Franklin and Lynn Peters Adler brings readers into a world few people have ever known. The authors share the wisdom, wit, insight and perspective of these contemporary centenarians who have lived their lives with determination, personal courage, and accomplishment. The book was designed and written to entertain as well as to educate the reader. Included are over 50 color pictures of active centenarians, who, along with many more of their peers, share quotes and illustrative stories from their lives.
The book distills the knowledge of these 500 centenarians into six chapters. Beginning with an overview that will acquaint the reader with contemporary centenarians and their lifestyles, it goes on to discuss their opinions and wisdom on careers, money, life management, secrets of longevity, and concludes with an inspirational chapter of true life stories, which underpins it all. The book proves the truth of the adage, "with age, comes wisdom."
"The interviewees were asked questions about money, work, and many aspects of life that confront every one of us. We asked them to share their advice and secrets about these issues from two perspectives; what they actually did that worked, or what would they recommend for the younger generation after a century of trial and error, success and failures," says Franklin.
Centenarians have worked on farms and in factories, warehouses, offices and in their homes. They have been employees, bosses and entrepreneurs. They have lived through the roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, the Beatles, the Internet, cable news, space travel, and current economic, social, and political challenges. 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 living to tell the tale.
"Much of what they demonstrate by their lifestyles and activities will surprise you," Adler says. "For instance, many continue to live independently, some are driving, most exercise, and enjoy active social lives with family and friends. Some are married or remarried in later years or have companions, a surprising number use and are learning the latest computer technology and social media, those with avocations - such as painting and classic car collecting - are continuing, and a few are active in their careers or business." Adler points out that the book details what she calls "The Centenarian Spirit," five key traits that successful centenarians have in common. “The vibrant centenarians in this book are role models for Boomers and others who are striving to create a good lifestyle in coming years."