What is the secret to aging well? There is no secret!

Experts suggest that 75% of what determines how well we age depends on lifestyle influences or other factors within our locus of control (MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2020).  The question then becomes, ‘Why are some people able to make better lifestyle choices leading to better health and wellness and others are not able to?’  When good health is within our grasp, why is it that many of us struggle with making meaningful and sustainable changes to our health and wellness practices? The key to change is grounded in science. 

Behaviour Change Theory

Scientifically-validated behaviour change theory is a foundation of the Guide, and is designed to effectively help you to make positive, sustainable changes to your health habits which will improve your life today and impact your future health and wellness, setting you up to thrive as you age.

The content of the Guide to Enhancing engages several scientifically-validated behaviour change theories, including the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), Social Change Theory (SCT), Transtheoretical Model (TTM), Self-determination Theory (SDT), and the Michie Behaviour Change Wheel framework. This comprehensive approach identifies the capabilities, opportunities, and motivations associated with the desired health and wellness behaviour and provides a rationale for recommending future steps to improve current health and wellness practices. 

Behind the Preparedness for the Future Report

The Health Education Journal recently published findings from the Preparedness for the Future Questionnaire. The findings show that people’s attitudes towards their future self as an older person are related to their state of future preparedness and may have an impact on their future health and well-being.

The majority (82%) felt it was ‘important’ to ‘extremely important’ to think about themselves as an older person. Only 23% of people acknowledged that they ‘always’ or ‘often’ spent time thinking about what it will be like for them as an older person.

In particular, the majority of us have not thought ahead to prepare for possible future serious illness including medical care, funeral and legacy planning.

This Preparedness for the Future Questionnaire later became the Preparedness for the Future Report which is the first step of the Guide to Enhancing. This report helps to get people in the future thinking frame of mind. It features 30 questions that build a picture of your current health and wellness as indicated by lifestyle behaviours, psychological attributes and practical things like planning for the future. 

We have validated this approach by showing that people with a higher score on the Preparedness for the Future Questionnaire are more likely to enjoy greater physical and mental health, greater psychological well-being, and greater life satisfaction.

Are you ready to start some positive change in your life?

Get Started on the Guide to Enhancing today