[GRG] GRG Mentioned in Massachusetts

To Members and Friends of the Los Angeles Gerontology
Research Group:  GRG
mentioned in Boston, MA…  — Steve Coles 

“At 115, Massachusetts Resident
Going through Her Teen Years
Again”

byFaiz Siddiqui

 
Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
July 25, 2014; (Boston Globe) — ?She?s like the Energizer Bunny
that just keeps going and going,? said Elaine Daniels, Niece of
Bernice Madigan (pictured). ?She has the setbacks and then just keeps
going.?  Bernice Madigan has celebrated birthdays riding into the
sunset on a three-wheel motorcycle, touring the Berkshires in an old
train car, and speeding down the highway in the back of a police cruiser.
A Cheshire , MA police officer once picked her up and said he was
?arresting her for being the oldest person in town.?But in her
115 years of living, the Cheshire woman had never spent a birthday in the
hospital, as far as relatives could remember.That was
until Thursday, when the oldest person in Massachusetts spent the day at
Berkshire Medical Center recovering from a fall earlier in the week.
Madigan celebrated the momentous birthday surrounded by relatives and
with her usual breakfast: four glazed Pop?ems doughnut holes, one with a
candle stuck in it.?She cried
when everyone came through the door,? said her niece Elaine Daniels, 66.
?She was just ecstatic about reaching 115, because that?s what she always
wanted to do. That was her goal.?Madigan is
the fifth-oldest person in the world, according to the Gerontology
Research Group, which verifies the oldest people in the world. The
oldest is 116 and lives in Japan, according to the group?s data.Madigan,
who was born July 24, 1899, in West Springfield, MA tells friends and
relatives that a simple formula has allowed her to live so long: No kids,
no stress, and a spoonful of honey every day. Born when William McKinley
was President, she graduated from Adams High School in 1918 and left
Massachusetts for Washington.  She worked as a secretary for the
Veterans Administration and the Treasury Department. She was married to
her husband, Paul, for 50 years before he died in 1976. When money
became tight in 2007, she moved back to Massachusetts.  ?She says,
?I never turned around and looked back at the old house,? ? Daniels
said.The
state?s oldest woman begins her days with a plate of Eggo Waffles, topped
with sliced bananas and honey, doughnut holes (always four), and a cup of
coffee. She maintains a steady TV diet of ?Wheel of Fortune,? ?COPS,?
?Jeopardy!? and, more recently, ?Shark Tank.? She spends afternoons
reading and doing puzzles in the newspaper.?She?s
still sharp as a tack, which is pretty amazing at her age,? said her
neighbor Josh Pisano, 34.Pisano
remembered painting an old barn one day when he heard music. It was
Madigan playing old rhythms on a wooden upright piano not long after she
moved in with her Niece and caretaker.  ?At 108 years old, she was
still banging out the old popular tunes of the 1920s, 1930s,? he
said.Nowadays,
friends and relatives gather for a birthday celebration every year on
Rolling Acres Farm, where Madigan lives under the care of her Niece.
Daniels and her husband, John, treat Madigan to a different activity
every year, hence, the police cruiser and firetruck. When she turned 113,
she said, ?Ahh, I can go through my teenage years again.?  ?I said,
?There will be no heavy drinking!? ? Elaine Daniels remembered.A younger
friend of Madigan?s, 91-year-old Vita Busch, said she and Madigan often
meet on the elder?s porch to reminisce about the past, though they come
from generations a quarter-century apart.  ?She?s a marvelous,
wonderful lady, and I just hope she?s feeling better and will be coming
home,? Busch said. ?Compared to 115, I guess I’m young.?Even in a
hospital bed, surrounded by flowers and balloons on her birthday, Madigan
had her eye on another goal. John Daniels, Elaine?s husband, said Bernice
wants to become the oldest living person.  ?She?s ready to
make first,? he said. ?She won’t care if she makes second.?Elaine
Daniels is confident her Aunt can make the top of the list. Until
recently, Madigan could walk the length of her driveway and back, with
the aid of a walker. Relatives hope she will recover in time to make it
to her birthday celebration on the farm this weekend.  ?She?s like
the Energizer Bunny that just keeps going and going and going,? Elaine
Daniels said. ?She has the setbacks and then just keeps going.?Faiz Siddiqui can be reached at
faiz.siddiqui@globe.com

L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Cofounder
Los Angeles Gerontology Research GroupE-mail: scoles@grg.orgE-mail:
scoles@ucla.edu

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About Johnny Adams

My full-time commitment is to slow and ultimately reverse age related functional decline to increase healthy years of life. I’ve been active in this area since the 1970s, steadily building skills and accomplishments. I have a good basic understanding of the science of aging, and have many skills that complement those of scientists so they can focus on science to advance our shared mission. Broad experience Top skills: administration, management, information technology (data and programming), communications, writing, marketing, market research and analysis, public speaking, forging ethical win-win outcomes among stakeholders (i.e. high level "selling"). Knowledge in grant writing, fundraising, finance. Like most skilled professionals, I’m best described as a guy who defines an end point, then figures out how to get there. I enjoy the conception, design, execution and successful completion of a grand plan. Executive Director Gerontology Research Group (GRG). Manages Email discussion forum, web site, meetings and oversees supercentenarian (oldest humans, 110+ years) research. CEO / Executive Director Carl I. Bourhenne Medical Research Foundation (Aging Intervention Foundation), an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit. http://www.AgingIntervention.org Early contributor to Supercentenarian Research Foundation. Co-Founder Geroscience Healthspan Forum. Active contributor to numerous initiatives to increase healthy years of life. Co-authored book on conventional, practical methods available today to slow the processes of aging – nutrition, exercise, behavior modification and motivation, stress reduction, proper supplementation, damage caused by improper programs, risk reduction and others. Fundamental understanding of, and experience in the genomics of longevity (internship analyzing and curating longevity gene papers). Biological and technical includes information technology, software development and computer programming, bioinformatics and protein informatics, online education, training programs, regulatory, clinical trials software, medical devices (CAT scanners and related), hospital electrical equipment testing program. Interpersonal skills – good communication, honest, well liked, works well in teams or alone. Real world experience collaborating in interdisciplinary teams in fast paced organizations. Uses technology to advance our shared mission. Education: MBA 1985 University of Southern California -- Deans List, Albert Quon Community Service Award (for volunteering with the American Longevity Association and helping an elderly lady every other week), George S. May Scholarship, CA State Fellowship. BA psychology, psychobiology emphasis 1983 California State University Fullerton Physiological courses as well as core courses (developmental, abnormal etc). UCLA Psychobiology 1978, one brief but fast moving and fulfilling quarter. Main interest was the electrochemical basis of consciousness. Also seminars at the NeuroPsychiatric Institute. Other: Ongoing conferences, meetings and continuing education. Aging, computer software and information technology. Some molecular biology, biotech, bio and protein informatics, computer aided drug design, clinical medical devices, electronics, HIPAA, fundraising through the Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals. Previous careers include: Marketing Increasing skill set and successes in virtually all phases, with valuable experience in locating people and companies with the greatest need and interest in a product or service, and sitting across the table with decision makers and working out agreements favorable to all. Information Technology: Management, data analysis and programming in commercial and clinical trials systems, and bioinformatics and protein informatics. As IT Director at Newport Beach, CA based technology organization Success Family of Continuing Education Companies, provided online software solutions for insurance and financial professionals in small to Fortune 500 size companies. We were successful with lean team organization (the slower moving competition was unable to create similar software systems). Medical devices: At Omnimedical in Paramount CA developed and managed quality assurance dept. and training depts. for engineers, physicians and technicians. Designed hospital equipment testing program for hospital services division. In my early 20’s I was a musician, and studied psychology and music. Interned with the intention of becoming a music therapist. These experiences helped develop valuable skills used today to advance our shared mission of creating aging solutions.
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