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In memory of Soldedad Mexia – truly 114 years young when she passed

Last week, friend and patient, Soledad Mexia, passed away peacefully in San Diego as the 5th oldest person in the world.  Her memorial service is tomorrow, Sunday September 8th. Click here to send flowers or enter the guest book.


In this video, I interviewed her about the secrets to a long life and had the pleasure of documenting her joy of living and her incredible family at her 112th birthday celebration.   It is a home video for a family which can teach all of us about what it means to be truly alive.


Dr. Steve Coles of UCLA’s Gerontology Research Group, explains in my book, “Telomere Timebombs” that when he began studying people over 110 years of age (supercentenarians) he assumed that science and progress would make it difficult to keep track of the increasing numbers of them.  That has not happened. The 110 club size hasn’t changed at all and is open to only about 60 members at a time over the last three decades.

This is what Dr. Coles said about TTB:

“In my view, Dr. Park has chosen the correct attitude for us to think about the process of aging…For example, he first asks, not if aging will be slowed, but ‘When will aging become a thing of the past?’ He then answers, ‘Aging will soon become a choice rather than a curse.’  Dr. Park’s writing style and persuasive logic are a pleasure to read.”

Finally, this illustration from “Telomere Timebombs” explains why telomerase activation may be the key to increasing the number of supercentenarians and changing the rules for a long healthy life for all of us. 

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 You can learn more about “Telomere Timebombs: Defusing the terror of aging” here:

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