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Dare To Be 100 – Part 3

Dare To Be 100 – Part 3

Dare to Be 100: Part 3 –  The “A” in D.A.R.E.

By Holly Lookabaugh-Deur, PT, DSc, GCS, CEEAA

As you read today, this is the third part of the “Dare to be 100” series – founded by the work of Dr. Walter Bortz. Here are a few facts about Dr. Bortz – now 88, Walter M. Bortz II, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Williams College and the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. Dr. Bortz teaches a course entitled “The Roadmap to 100: The Science of Living a Long Life.” Recognized as one of America’s most distinguished scientific experts on aging and longevity, Dr. Walter Bortz’s research has focused on the importance of physical exercise in the promotion of robust aging.

Quick review… D.A.R.E. is an acronym for Diet, Attitude, Renewal, and Exercise. Our focus today is on ATTITUDE! Do you know that the most common denominator in people who live to 100 and beyond is quite simply the ATTITUDE in which they live? Attitude is defined in many ways but the following characteristics are consistent with successful aging:

  • Positivity – a belief in the greater good will prevail
  • Adaptation to change
  • Willing to try and learn new things
  • Being satisfied with what you have
  • Embracing “your place in the world” – and taking responsibility to change it!
  • Sincere forgiveness of others and “moving on”


I attended a program taught by Dr. Bortz, and his message was simple.

Attitude:  Believe in 100! If you want to become a centenarian, you must believe you can. Set goals for you’re your later years, both for your financial wealth and your “health wealth.” You need to have enough stored up to keep you going every day, and have a reserve for those rainy days. Stay optimistic!”

Of his 99 steps to daring to be 100, here are the steps that you can read more about in his Longevity Library. Each of these has a detailed discussion and tangible methods of improving your ATTITUDE!

Step 19: Believe in Longevity Step 27: Be a responsible age-r Step 35: Train Your Brain Step 43: Don’t take yourself too seriously!
Step 20: Be necessary Step 28: Have options ready Step 36: Build Memory Step 44: Work with stress – use it
Step 21: Find Meaning in the day Step 29: Be a Good Neighbor Step 37: Keep Order in your Life Step 45: Have time sense
Step 22: Be an Optimist Step 30: Cherish experience Step 38: Stay Attractive Step 46: Know your primary doctor
Step 23: Take Risks Step 31: Get High on Helping Step 39: Recognize that sex is for life Step 47: Pamper your glands
Step 24: Stay in Control Step 32: Learn to Learn again Step 40: Stay in touch Step 48: Be a good loser
Step 25: Maintain the creative spark Step 33: Don’t kill yourself Step 41: Take on a pet Step 49: Stay in tune
Step 26: Seek wisdom Step 34: Keep Your Senses Sharp Step 42: Keep Family Strong Step 50: Stay on the road

Although the messages may seem fundamental, each step starts with conscious effort and moves to habit (after 21 days!). We all need reinforcement for the GOOD things that we are doing for ourselves and others to stay healthy.

Make this one commitment to yourself for 2018:

“I am a capable, good person and I am thankful for the good in my life. With patience and effort, I can always make things better. I feel positive about my future.”

Watch for Part 4 of the D.A.R.E. series to publish on September 19th!

If you missed the other two posts in this series so far, here are quick links:

D.A.R.E. To Be 100: Part 1

D.A.R.E. To Be 100: Part 2