About the Author

Gwen Weiss-Numeroff
Gwen Weiss-Numeroff is a former advertising executive turned nutritionist, lifestyle coach and professional speaker. In 2001, she founded Corporate Wellness of Hudson & Bergen to help companies keep their employees healthy and productive. She also counsels individuals in her private practice in Pomona, NY.

Gwen made her career switch after witnessing too many loved ones succumb to disease and depression far too early in life. Her mother's sudden death at 70 inspired Gwen to launch a two-year quest to find the secrets to vibrant longevity from those centenarians actually living the dream.

Gwen lives in New City, NY, with husband Bruce and daughters Alexandra and Jaclyn.

Gwen is donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of this book to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (www.ocrf.org).

Extraordinary Centenarians in America: Their Secrets to Living a Long Vibrant Life

Winner of two Eric Hoffer Awards: Self-Help and First Horizon categories. The citation says: "The author's intense fear of illness and loss inspired this engaging look into the secrets of longevity. In her book, we hear the engaging stories of thirty unique centenarians who managed to beat the odds. Each story begins with their words of wisdom and a summary of each individual's lifestyle and family history. While many credit their longevity to genetics, most are convinced that diet, staying active, and a positive outlook all were significant contributors to a longer life. But the most powerful message of the book is that aging is not to be feared and that even our later years can be vibrant and fulfilling."

Meet thirty remarkable centenarians from across the USA who generously share their lives, lifestyles and words of wisdom gleaned from a century of experiences.

How did they live so long and so well? Was it purely genetics? Did they have a good diet, exercise, smoke or drink? What did they all do in their 80s, 90s and even 100s to stay busy, healthy and happy?

Learn from those who lived the longest and the strongest, including:

  • Besse Cooper - 116 - World's oldest person
  • Dr. Leila Denmark - 114 - Co-developer of the whooping cough vaccine, longest working pediatrician
  • Irving Kahn - 106 - World's oldest active investment professional
  • Errie Ball - 102 - Pro Golfer and only surviving member of the first Masters Tournament
  • Ebby Halliday - 101 - Founder and chairperson of one of the largest realty companies in America
  • Bel Kaufman - 101 - Renowned novelist, lecturer and humorist

Other centenarians celebrated range from homemakers to heroines, artists to athletes, barbers to bookkeepers, each revealing unique and valuable insights that will certainly enrich your life.

Peek through a window of American history, through their eyes and hearts to experience living through the Great Depression, World War I and II, poverty and persecution while coming out on top with grace, dignity and joy.

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  • "Extraordinary Centenarians in America is a treasure. In each chapter, you will find pearls of wisdom, which unquestionably you can begin incorporating today, so you too can enjoy such spirited longevity. The people come alive on the pages and will make you laugh, cry, but mostly inspire you." - Charles F. Glassman, MD, FACP, founder of The New York Center for Longevity & Wellness and award-winning author of Brain Drain
  • "Forget reading about the Forbes 400, you will learn and be inspired more by the Centenarian 30! This book is a must read for all ages." - Dr. Peter Kash, Ed.D/MBA, biotech venture capitalist and international best selling author of Freedom from Disease


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