September is Healthy Aging Month, but at Home Care Assistance we promote healthy longevity year-round. The number of people living to age 100 has nearly doubled in the past three decades and with longer lifespan comes a shift in focus on promoting wellness in our extended years. Our mission at Home Care Assistance is to change the way the world ages, helping older adults enjoy longer, happier and healthier lives into their later years through community education and innovative programs based on cutting-edge research in the health and senior care fields.
One such program is our Balanced Care Method™, a holistic approach to care that aims to enhance quality of life and longevity by promoting a healthy mind, body and spirit. The Method is based on scientific studies of the Okinawans of Japan who are some of the world’s longest-living and healthiest people. Okinawa is one of a few “Blue Zones” in the world, which are known to be longevity hotspots that boast more centenarians than anywhere else in the world.
The Balanced Care Method is built on evidence that only one-third of healthy longevity is based on genetics while two-thirds is based on lifestyle factors within our control! This balanced approach allows older adults to live longer, happier lives by focusing on five key behaviors correlated with extended healthspan: diet, physical exercise, active social ties, mental stimulation and a sense of purpose. To truly fulfill our mission, we thoroughly train our caregivers in the Method, ensure consistency of care and provide 24/7 support to each client and his or her family.
Our commitment to healthy aging does not stop there. We believe that providing the resources to empower people to make proactive decisions about their health will help them make better lifestyle decisions, and ultimately, improve their overall quality of life. We have published seven books as a part of our award-winning Senior Wellness Book Series, which features topics on aging, healthy longevity, brain health, sleep quality and more. This widely acclaimed series has been praised by families and professionals alike as the go-to resource for seniors and their loved ones.
In a similar fashion, our Healthy Longevity Webinar Series promotes healthy lifestyle behaviors by featuring experts on topics of cardiovascular and brain health, stress relief, longevity and more. Featured experts have included: Dr. Gary Small, world renowned memory expert, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, cardiologist and Director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Muhammad Hussain, leading stroke neurologist and head of the Cleveland Clinic Stroke Program, among other industry leaders.
By exposing our clients and the greater international community to resources from a diverse spectrum of health and wellness fields, we are able to engage and empower people to make proactive and healthy decisions. Celebrate healthy aging year-round with us by reading a book from our series or listening to one of our popular webinars. Spread the word and good health by encouraging your friends and family to join you in the quest for healthy longevity!