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Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life

Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life

Steve Franklin, Lynn Peters Adler

ISBN: 978-1-118-56762-3

Jun 2013

228 pages

$17.99

Description

A thoroughly enthralling book that proves the truth of the adage, "with age comes wisdom"

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

Foreword xi

Introduction: Century-Old Questions . . . Century-Old Answers xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

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

WORK WISDOM

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