Book 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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Foreword
  7. Introduction
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Chapter 1: Today’s Centenarians—Celebrities and National Treasures
    1. The Celebrities of Aging: Centenarians in the Spotlight
    2. The Age of Centenarians: A Million or More by 2050?
    3. The Wisdom of Centenarians: Authentic—Experience, Not Theory
    4. National Treasures: Unique—Individually and Collectively
    5. Cameos of Today’s Centenarians
    6. A Century of Progress: Their Century
  10. Chapter 2: The Science and Art of Living Longer and Living Better
    1. On Being 100
    2. Increasing Longevity
    3. Lifestyle Improvements through Technology
    4. Using Computers, Tablets, and Smartphones
    5. Lifestyle Choices
    6. The Big Three
    7. Healthy Diet
    8. The Benefits of Exercise
    9. Socialization and Quality of Life
    10. The Importance of Family
    11. Interests and Avocations
  11. Chapter 3: Money Wise and Time Tested
    1. How They Think We Are Doing
    2. Simple Saving Wisdom: Battle of Needs versus Wants
    3. Debt Is a Four-Letter Word
    4. Time-ly Advice
    5. Investing Today—After a Century of Perspective
    6. Defining Rich
  12. Chapter 4: Work Wisdom
    1. Take This Job and Love It
    2. From Success to Significance
    3. Teachers Extraordinaire
    4. Keeping Up and Keeping On
    5. Wise Work Advice
  13. Chapter 5: The Top Secrets from Our Centenarians
    1. Secret 1: Attitude
    2. Secret 2: Healthy Eating
    3. Secret 3: Faith
    4. Secret 4: Exercise and Activity
    5. Secret 5: Clean Living
    6. Secret 6: Family
    7. Secret 7: Genetics
    8. Advice to Centenarian Wannabes
    9. Why 100?
  14. Chapter 6: The Centenarian Spirit
    1. The Centenarian Spirit
    2. The Centenarian Spirit in Action
    3. Renegotiating Life
    4. Sparks of the Spirit
    5. Centenarians on the Go
    6. Keeping Life Interesting—Common Interests, Not Common Age
    7. Contemporary Centenarians—Thinking and Feeling Young
    8. Catch the Spirit: Forget Aging Gracefully—Age Excellently!
    9. A Formula for Longevity
    10. A Toast to Future Centenarians
  15. Appendix
  16. Notes and Further Reading
  17. About the Authors