New York City Centenarian Reception
Back Row from left to right:
Willie Diament, 102; Susan Schrag, 101 years old; Ann Collins, 104 years old; Junius Barber, 99 years old; Henrietta Johnson, 102 years old
Front Row from left to right:
Irving Kahn, 106 years old; Lilian Sarno, 103 years old; Marie Mantel, 102 years old; Mary Glen, 103 years old, Dorothy Silberstien, 101 years old
It is a rare event to have a centenarian in the room; but on Sunday November 11, there were 10 centenarians in the room. Dr. Daniela Jopp was hosting a reception to honor New York centenarians, including the participants of the Fordham Centenarian Study, which she is about to finish up. The reception was attended by centenarians, their families and friends, as well as members of the Brookdale Foundation and the X Prize Foundation. The goal of the Fordham Centenarian Study is to document what it means to live at age 100 and to raise awareness around the growing but little studied population.
Dr. Jopp detailed the results from her two year study, including the challenges and psychological strengths, and honored the unique stories of the individuals who were able to attend the event. Mr. Grant Campany, Senior Director, Archon Genomics X PRIZE, conducted an informative presentation on the 100 Over 100 Competition. He explained the unique opportunity the competition allows in identifying rare genes that increase longevity and good health, and therefore its likely considerable impact on healthcare moving forward. Two centenarians were interviewed on stage, providing guests with a window into their feelings about longevity. Attendees reported being excited about Dr. Jopp’s findings and said they enjoyed the rare opportunity to celebrate the exceptional long lives of centenarians.
Below: Dr. Daniela Jopp hosting the event
Below: Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Nancy Busch-Rossnagel welcoming the guests in the name of Fordham University
Below: Grant Campany, Senior Director and Prize Lead of Archon Genomics X PRIZE, X PRIZE Foundation, presenting the “100 over 100” community and the Archon Genomics X PRIZE
Below: From left to right, Irving Kahn (107 years old), Junius Barber (99 years old), Lilian Sarno (103 years old) and Jack Kupfer of the Grey Panthers, Ann Collins (104 years old), and Marie Mantle (102 years old) and Henrietta Johnson (102 years old)
Below: a slideshow of photographs of guests in attendance, including centenarians, family members, study staff and partners