There is no single explanation for how and why some people live so much healthier and more active years than others. But there is a place where more people live longer and healthier than any other place on earth: Okinawa, Japan. And recently, scientists have been studying this group of seniors to see if we could learn to live a longer and more productive life. Home Care Assistance has developed a revolutionary and proprietary approach to senior care based on these centenarian studies.
The Balanced Care Method™ is based on studies of the extraordinarily long-lived elders in the Okinawa region of Japan; life spans of over 100 years are not unusual in Okinawa. Perhaps even more astounding than their longevity is the quality of health these elders enjoy. Heart disease, cancer, dementia, diabetes, and other conditions assumed to be “normal experiences of aging” in many parts of the world are rare among the elders of Okinawa; people in their 70s, 80s and beyond enjoy excellent physical health, mental acuity, independence and inner calm. These older adults are not only living longer, they are better quality live longer!
Studies have found that genetic factors only account for about one third of the Okinawan elders’ extraordinary health and long lifespans. The other two-thirds can be attributed to lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, stress levels, familial and community ties, social practices and spiritual beliefs. Each of these elements, just like the disorders and diseases they help prevent, affect one another. The Balanced Care Method™, developed exclusively by Home Care Assistance, seeks to capture some of the lifestyle factors that go towards creating such long-lived and healthy people.
Components of Balanced Care Training include:
- Healthy Diet
- Physical Activity
- Sharp Minds
- Social Ties
- Calmness and Purpose
As part of our mission to change the way the world ages, it’s important that our caregivers and employees are trained in The Method. Doing so ensures we are providing clients with the exceptional care they deserve, thereby enabling them to live happier, healthier lives at home. We emphasize quality of life just as much as longevity because we view aging as a rich and meaningful stage of life. Through active engagement with the Balanced Care Method, our clients can enjoy health, wellness and happiness throughout the aging process.