Achievement Award Winners
One of the ways Home Care Assistance works to fulfill our mission to change the way the world ages is through educational collaborations with aging and longevity experts around the world.
At our annual conventions, we recognize some of the leading authorities in the aging, healthy longevity and memory research fields for their efforts in supporting healthy, happy aging.
Dr. Cynthia Kenyon
Recipient of the 2014 Achievement Award in Healthy Longevity
Dr. Cynthia Kenyon, geneticist and Senior Scientific Advisor at the California Life Company (Calico), Google’s anti-aging startup, was presented with the Achievement Award in Healthy Longevity for her pioneering work in the molecular biology of aging. In 1993, Dr. Kenyon discovered that a single-gene mutation, daf-16, could double the lifespan and increase the healthspan in C. elegans. Based on her research, we have discovered that an evolutionarily-conserved hormone signaling system controls aging in many organisms, paving the way for future research in increasing human healthspan and lifespan.
We congratulate Dr. Kenyon on her impressive contributions to the genetics of aging and have no doubt that her work will change the way the world ages in our lifetimes.
Dr. Frank Longo
Recipient of the 2014 Achievement Award in Brain Science
Frank Longo, MD, PhD, was presented with the Achievement Award in Brain Science for his cutting-edge research and leadership in neurology, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dr. Longo led the development of the Neurogenetics Clinic, the first West Coast location to offer DNA testing for Huntington’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, as well as the creation of a national referral center for a technique called deep-brain stimulation for treating Parkinson’s disease.
In 2006, Dr. Longo became the chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where he now focuses on activating mechanisms in the body to prevent neural degeneration and promote regeneration. One of the top medical researchers, he has succeeded in creating small, drug-like molecules that can mimic the effects of naturally occurring growth factors in the nervous system. These molecules work to delay the onset or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and have shown promise in preclinical trials of Alzheimer’s, stroke and other neurological diseases.
We commend Dr. Longo for his dedication to improving brain health and his success as a leader in the field of neuroscience.
Dr. S. Jay Olshansky
Recipient of the 2013 Home Care Assistance Achievement Award in Healthy Longevity
Dr. S. Jay Olshansky, Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, was presented with the Home Care Assistance Achievement Award in Healthy Longevity for his innovative research on aging. The majority of his research has been focused on estimates of the upper limits to human longevity, the health and public policy implications of aging, and the scientific means by which we can slow aging. Dr. Olshansky is on the Board of Directors of the American Federation of Aging Research and is the first author of The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging (Norton, 2001).
We are proud to acknowledge Dr. S. Jay Olshansky’s innovative research and look forward to hearing more about his impressive contributions to the field of healthy aging.
Dr. Gary Small
Recipient of the 2012 Home Care Assistance Achievement Award in Brain Science
Dr. Gary Small, a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute, a Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at ULCA, Founding Director of the UCLA Memory Clinic, and Director of the UCLA Center on Aging, was presented with the Home Care Assistance Achievement Award in Brain Science for his groundbreaking work in brain aging and Alzheimer’s. He has authored over 400 scientific publications including the international bestseller, The Memory Bible. In 2002, Dr. Small was named one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology by the Scientific American for his work in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and brain aging. He is a trusted expert in the field of Alzheimer’s research, lecturing around the world and frequently appearing on The Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS and CNN. Dr. Small is also the inventor of the first brain scan that allows doctors to see the physical evidence of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease in living people.
We congratulate Dr. Small on his success and look forward to his further contributions to brain health.
Recipient of the 2011 Home Care Assistance Achievement Award in Senior Care
Stephen Tweed was presented with the Home Care Assistance Achievement Award in Senior Care for his innovative work in the home care field. He is author of Strategic Focus: A Game Plan for Developing Competitive Advantage, co-author of five books written for the home health care industry, an editor for Home Health Care Today and Private Duty Today, go-to newsletters for executives across home health care agencies and non-medical home care companies, Interim President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Louisville, and board member for three not-for-profit home health agencies.
Stephen is the creator of Caregiver Quality Assurance®, a nationwide program that helps home care companies improve the quality of their caregivers, reduce turnover and increase client satisfaction. He also serves as CEO of Leading Home Care, a home care consulting company that provides expertise on home health care and valuable resources to home care companies to prepare for the growing needs of seniors.
We applaud Stephen Tweed for his work in home care and look forward to his future insights on this growing industry.
Dr. Dennis McCullough
Recipient of the 2010 Home Care Assistance Achievement Award in Aging Research
Dr. Dennis McCullough, a member of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, was presented with the Home Care Assistance Achievement Award in Aging Research for his expertise in senior care. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. McCullough has over 30 years of professional experience as a family physician and geriatrician. He is also a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the American Medical Directors Association.
His most notable publication, My Mother, Your Mother, The Compassionate Approach to Caring for your Aging Loved Ones, discusses the practice of “Slow Medicine,” arguing that expensive, state-of-the-art medical interventions are not necessarily superior to other methods of senior care. Instead, our senior loved ones benefit most from care that is measured and reflective instead of rushed.
We are pleased that Dr. McCullough has recognized and helped improve complex issues in eldercare, and we hope that he continues to share more of his remarkable wisdom with us.