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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Extraordinary Centenarians in America is an incredibly moving and inspirational book about living life to the fullest. Each of the 30 centenarians profiled in this magnificent volume, provide you with extraordinary wisdom on what it takes to live a fulfilling, healthy and long life. In every chapter you'll discover not only what it takes to live to be 100 and beyond, but you'll find yourself laughing, crying, and most of all reflecting on the attributes that these amazing people have. Eating right, having a sense of humor, and having a purpose for which you wake up for every morning are key ingredients, but there is so much more. Read this book and you'll find that your troubles are small and your possibilities are endless. Age is just a number; it's how we live it that counts. These caring, vibrant centenarians are guaranteed to change your entire outlook on life. The author should be commended for writing such a provocative, timely, interesting, moving, inspiring and motivational book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Loved this book. Actually, every time I wanted to put the book down, I looked to the next chapter and was excited to read about the next centenarian. Very valuable information and insight for someone like myself who is always looking for pearls of wisdom to live longer, be stronger, be healthier etc. The tips at the end were excellent to mix into your own lifestyle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
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I purchased this book for my dad who is 76 years old. When it arrived I started to read it myself. I was captivated at page 1. I learned about another generations history, challenges, and personal stories that inspired them to live life to its fullest. These 30 centinarians are truly remarkable people. I learned so much about their attitudes towards life that can help me have a better attitude as I head into my later years. The tips, this book offers you from dealing with stress, eating better, and improving your lifestyle begins to unfold when you read about what all of these centinarians had in common. It is truly a must read. The author as well discusses her personal motivations for writing this book, which many people can relate to. I also love that she is donating much of the proceeds to cancer research.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
Title: Extraordinary Centenarians in America
Author: Gwen Weiss-Numeroff
Publisher: Agio Publishing House
ISBN: 978-1-897435-86-1

"Reaching 100 doesn't necessarily mean physical or mental disability, nor does it mean, in some cases, retirement. These people are helping to redefine aging in new and inspirational ways," Gwen Weiss-Numeroff states in her book, "Extraordinary Centenarians in America - Their secrets to living a long vibrant life."

At two hundred and twenty seven pages, this paperback book depicts photographs of many aged Americans on the front cover. Black and white photographs of the individual with a past memory photograph are included on the six to ten pages dedicated to each of the thirty extraordinary citizens. Along with charts of each ones' lifestyle that covers their general health, if they smoked or drank, their nutritional habits, physical activities, current history and family, there are separate charts listing their family history of age and cause of death. At the end of the book is a chapter on conclusions why these particular people have lived so long and so well.

With over sixty-two thousand people over the age of one hundred in America today, with a ratio of five to one being women, it is the fastest growing demographic segment. These are loved ones who have been through World War II, the Great Depression and raised our parents or ourselves.

In this book, the author roams the country and has individual interviews with the oldest American at one hundred and sixteen years old who lives in Georgia to one that was first married at age ninety-nine or those having PhDs and still employed on a limited basis. Vocations range from singer, dancer, writer and teacher to realtor, factory worker, insurance agent and business women along with basketball player or golfer to name a few. With some still living on their own, driving vehicles and socializing through Facebook or visiting, they all still have a strong connection with their family and friends.

As one reads each cherished contributor, some memories are told of living on farms, never touching a smoke or drink, eating in moderate portions, always keeping busy and having the most common mantra of "I go with the tide." At the end of the book, there are suggestions and comparisons of this aged generation to our current day society, reminding us that genetics, a healthy lifestyle of eating, exercising and mental stimulation, having purpose and humanity, and being connected to family play a big part in our longevity.

The next time you feel aged or old, open this book and you will be blessed to remember you can still possibly change your longevity through taking care of your body, having a healthy mindset and keeping in touch with loved ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
I was curious to check out “Extra-ordinary Centenarians In America:Their Secrets To Living A Long Vibrant Life” by Gwen Weiss Numeroff due to my own dream to live a healthy and joyful life until at least 2078. The only reason why I say dream is because I am humbly aware that a human goal of what desired age to reach may sometimes be different from what is spiritually intended. I really enjoyed that the author interviewed men and women from various walks of life and generously shared their advice. There was so much exquisite information given on what to do to reach the goal that it is hard for me to list what were the best tips.
However, the Irving Kahn,Ebby Halliday, and Loretta Hodges interviews were the ones that reminded me to be thankful for what I have along my journey and goal to live a long life. Irving Kahn mentioned how important it is to keep staying engaged and curious in life. Ebby Halliday emphasized the importance of avoiding permanent retirement. Loretta Hodges discussed being satisfied with the blessings that one already has and sharing. There are also many other heartfelt and helpful interviews available in this book. “Extraordinary Centenarians In America” by Gwen Weiss Numeroff is best for those who want information on what to do to fulfill goals of living longer and/or more rewarding lives.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2013
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The subject matter is interesting and included what I expected. It would have been more interesting if there was some new material,

These people haven't spent thousands on vitamins or live long schemes. What's not in the book is as interesting as what is. For the most part this is left to the reader to summarize.

An physical description of people (other than some references to being thin) would have been interesting to me. I've always had dogs and large dogs have much shorter life spans than small dogs. I expect the same applies for people and it would have been interesting to see how many people in the group were physically small.

An enjoyable read though.
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on October 28, 2013
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Gwen has done an excellent job in researching both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of long life.
Her interviews are engaging and make you feel as if you actually know the person sharing a bit of thier long and extraordinary life.
Although women clearly outnumber the men in longevity, the case studies represent both men and women but, the profiles tell stories and are what define the book.
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on February 11, 2015
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the stories are interesting, some of them increadible, but the author could have been more detailist about how they see the aging process, or how they see age. Some histories are so interesting that they make the book worth reading.
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on May 6, 2014
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this book was so motivating to me as I approach senior years myself- good philosophy - do not stop and do not give up
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on May 1, 2014
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I liked the diversity of stories in this book - all the people had interesting stories living to be 100.
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