Health & Longevity Books

Wellness Book Collection

This first book of our wellness collection focuses on the factors contributing to healthy longevity. Since we’re living longer and longer, making those later years healthy ones is increasingly important.

Happy to 102 explains the approach to diet, exercise, mental stimulation, social connectedness, and purpose which can mean a delay or avoidance of diseases like cancer, heart disease, bone loss, diabetes, and dementia.

To write this book, we scoured research on successful aging and presented the essentials of living well and enjoying all our years.

Looking for clear, practical advice on caring for an aging parent or loved one? The Handbook of Live-In Care, the second book in our collection, offers useful help. Whether you are new to care-giving or a veteran, this book has benefits for you.

While caring for an older adult is challenging, helping a person stay in the comfort of their own surroundings and maintain maximum independence can mean empowering your loved one to a greater sense of control and purpose.

Older adults who retain a sense of purpose and dignity have a more solid sense of well-being, a crucial aspect of living well, regardless of a chronic condition, frailty, or forgetfulness. The Handbook of Live-In Care offers the first definitive guide to maximizing the quality of life for an older adult.

Our third book in our healthy longevity collection focuses on what to do when you, or a loved one, return to the comforts of home from a hospital stay.

Often, families are unprepared for the increased care needs and the recent patient is unaware of the extent to which the hospital supported everyday functioning.

Additionally, seniors may be very concerned about their ability to suddenly stay safely at home alone, in their weakened state, post surgery or illness. From Hospital to Home Care helps families navigate the discharge process and consider various care options post discharge.

Fourth in our award-winning senior wellness collection, The Five Senses provides insights and concrete advice to assist older adults in coping with the changes in sensory awareness that often come with aging. Our sense organs are vulnerable to medication side effects, chronic conditions, stroke, and even habits of a lifetime.

Since we experience the world through our senses, managing altered abilities will be fundamental to successful, satisfactory aging. The Five Senses gives an overview of potential changes and offers practical guidance for maintaining quality of life in the face of actual changes in perception.

As always, our goal is to give seniors and families the information they need to help loved ones stay independent and live comfortably in their own homes as they age.

Mind Over Grey Matter, like the others in our series, is based on respected research and evidence of best practices.

Many people are caring for an older adult with dementia. This care giving can be rewarding and very challenging. The nature of a brain disease means each experience is unique. Mind Over Grey Matter offers enormously helpful and practical advice.

People with dementia deserve the best quality of life possible; this book can help caregivers provide care which not only does this, but may slow the dementia’s progression.

Equipped with actual techniques, families are better able to provide the support and resources loved ones need to continue to live in their own familiar surroundings.

The Senior Sleep Solution is the sixth book in our senior wellness collection and offers information on sleep disturbances and helpful approaches for improved sleep.

So much of our bodies change as we age—our sleep patterns are no exception. Research tells us people of every age need to rest well to help rebuild immune systems after the damage of everyday living and allow busy minds a break.

Sleep improves memory and performance and a prolonged lack of it not only impairs our ability to learn, it can actually cause our brains to shrink. The thoroughly researched strategies presented in The Senior Sleep Solution include specific steps for seniors with dementia and various sleep disorders.

Our aim is to help seniors win the battle for a good night’s slumber.

Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Slowing the Cognitive and Functional Decline Associated with Dementia

Cognitive Therapeutics Method™ is the seventh book in our senior wellness series and focuses on the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™.

Dementia has been called the most significant global health challenge of the 21st century. Thus, it is increasingly necessary for scholars and professionals across disciplines who work with older adults to have a thorough understanding of dementia and the types of interventions most effective in addressing associated cognitive and functional decline.

A Practical Guide to Brain Health

Happy to 102 is the first book in our senior wellness series and focuses on healthy longevity, which we define as remaining healthy, active, sharp and happy throughout an extensive lifespan.

The Brain Boost: A Practical Guide to Brain Health is the seventh book in our senior wellness series.

Is it possible to rewire the brain to enhance cognitive health as we age? The Brain Boost: A Practical Guide to Brain Health draws on cutting-edge research from the fields of cognitive science, neuropsychology and medicine to show that anyone can boost his or her brain performance through lifestyle changes.

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Happy to 102!

Happy to 102 is the first book in our senior wellness series and focuses on healthy longevity, which we define as remaining healthy, active, sharp and happy throughout an extensive lifespan.

We are living longer than ever. Centenarians are the fastest growing segment of our population. Before we know it, 102 just may become the new 75. As we live longer, though, we want to enjoy improved health-span alongside increased lifespan. Happy to 102 lays out all those factors-diet, exercise, sociability, mental challenge, sense of purpose-that make the difference not only in how long we live but in how well we live.

Based on groundbreaking scientific research of the longest living people on Earth, Happy to 102 spells out precisely what it takes to delay or escape Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases, slow down the process of aging and enjoy better health in our senior years. With an emphasis on aging in place with in-home care, Happy to 102 unlocks the secrets to longevity and inspires us to live happier, healthier lives at any age.

  • Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager. She holds a Doctorate in Psychology.
  • James H. Johnson, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and the award-winning author of seven books. A former university professor and department chair, he holds a Doctorate in Psychology.
  • Lily Sarafan, MS is a corporate executive and advocate for aging in place. She holds Masters and Bachelors degrees.

The Handbook of Live-In Care

The Handbook of Live-In Care is the second book in our senior wellness series and offers practical, how-to advice on caring for an aging parent or loved one.

Age may be “just a number” for many people, but it also brings very real daily challenges for many older adults. Retaining independence and living in their own homes is integral to most older adults’ sense of well-being, yet frailty, illness and forgetfulness can make living at home difficult.

The Handbook of Live-In Care gives caregivers—usually an adult son or daughter—practical, how-to advice on caring for an elderly loved one.

From understanding the psychology of home-bound adults to tips for assisting with everyday needs, The Handbook of Live-In Care offers the first definitive guide to maximizing the quality of life for an older adult.

Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager. She holds a Doctorate in Psychology.

James H. Johnson, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and the award-winning author of seven books. A former university professor and department chair, he holds a Doctorate in Psychology.

Lily Sarafan, MS is a corporate executive and advocate for aging in place. She holds Masters and Bachelors degrees.

From Hospital to Home Care

From Hospital to Home Care (now available on Amazon.com) is the third book in our senior wellness series and offers practical, how-to advice on caring for an aging parent or loved one.

The post-hospitalization experience is a source of tremendous anxiety for patients and their families who are faced with coordinating home care after a hospital discharge. From Hospital to Home Care provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges and resources associated with each step in the transition from hospital to home, explaining the discharge process from an inpatient hospital stay, common issues associated with specific medical conditions, the unique needs of a recently hospitalized patients, and the importance of home care in patient outcomes and quality of life.

From Hospital to Home Care arms families with the knowledge necessary to navigate the discharge process and arrange quality care for those patients who wish to remain in their homes.

  • Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager. She holds a Doctorate in Psychology.
  • James H. Johnson, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and the award-winning author of seven books. A former university professor and department chair, he holds a Doctorate in Psychology.
  • Lily Sarafan, MS is a corporate executive and advocate for aging in place. She holds Masters and Bachelors degrees.

The Five Senses

The Five Senses (now available on Amazon.com) is the fourth book in our award-wining senior wellness series and provides information, insights and practical advice to help older adults cope with these changes in sensory awareness.

Our senses – sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing – are our primary mechanisms for interacting with the world around us. As we age, our senses will gradually decline and these sensory deficits can fundamentally change how we interact with our environment. Managing this decline is a crucial component of happy and healthy aging. The Five Senses provides a detailed overview of the changes we experience in our senses as we age and offers practical guidance on managing this evolution for improved quality of life. Armed with this knowledge, older adults can maintain independence and live comfortably in their own homes as they age.

  • Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Home Care Assistance. A recognized leader in senior care, she holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • James H. Johnson, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Chairman of Home Care Assistance. He is the former department chair of the Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology and the award-winning author of nine books. He holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
  • Lily Sarafan, MS is President and Chief Operating Officer of Home Care Assistance. She has been featured as an industry expert by more than 100 media outlets. She holds Masters and Bachelors degrees from Stanford University.

Mind Over Gray Matter

Mind Over Gray Matter: A New Approach to Dementia Care (now available on Amazon.com) is the fifth book in our award-winning senior wellness series.

Dementia affects us all. Nearly half of individuals aged 85 and over are afflicted with the disease. As lifespans increase, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have become the most significant global health challenge of the 21st century.

Mind Over Gray Matter represents a new approach to dementia care that offers practical guidance on caring for an individual with dementia as well as evidence-based techniques to improve quality of life and slow the progression of the disease. Armed with this knowledge, families can provide the support and resources their loved ones need to live safely and comfortably at home.

  • Samuel T. Gontkovsky, PsyD is a neuropsychologist and Director of Dementia Therapeutics. He has more than 15 years of experience in clinical practice, research, teaching, and administration. He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Home Care Assistance. A recognized leader in senior care, she holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • James H. Johnson, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Chairman of Home Care Assistance. He is the former department chair of the Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology and the award-winning author of nine books. He holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
  • Lily Sarafan, MS is President and Chief Operating Officer of Home Care Assistance. She has been featured as an industry expert by more than 100 media outlets. She holds Masters and Bachelors degrees from Stanford University.

The Senior Sleep Solution: A Guide to Improving Sleep in Later Life

The Senior Sleep Solution is the sixth book in our senior wellness series and focuses on the common causes for sleep disturbance and provides methods to obtaining more restful nights.

As we age, our sleep patterns change. Older adults tend to have more difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep than their younger selves. Quality sleep, however, is essential to our physical health and mental well-being at any age. The Senior Sleep Solution explores the common cases of chronic sleep disturbance and provides practical guidance for seniors and caregivers alike on improving sleep quality and reducing sleep disruption. The strategies presented in The Senior Sleep Solution are based on well-researched and easily applied methods and include specific steps for seniors with dementia and various sleep disorders. Armed with the knowledge, families can be proactive about achieving the ever important good night’s rest.

  • Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Home Care Assistance. A recognized leader in senior care, she holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • James H. Johnson, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Chairman of Home Care Assistance. He is the former department chair of the Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology and the award-winning author of nine books. He holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
  • Lily Sarafan, MS is President and Chief Operating Officer of Home Care Assistance. She has been featured as an industry expert by more than 100 media outlets. She holds Masters and Bachelors degrees from Stanford University.

The Cognitive Therapeutics Method

The Cognitive Therapeutics Method: Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Slowing the Cognitive and Functional Decline Associated with Dementia

Cognitive Therapeutics Method™ is the seventh book in our senior wellness series and focuses on the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™.

Dementia has been called the most significant global health challenge of the 21st century. Thus, it is increasingly necessary for scholars and professionals across disciplines who work with older adults to have a thorough understanding of dementia and the types of interventions most effective in addressing associated cognitive and functional decline.

A comprehensive and well-researched volume that builds upon the burgeoning interest in the role of neuroplasticity in non-pharmacological interventions for dementia, The Cognitive Therapeutics Method™ is a necessary addition to the library of every scholar, clinician, researcher, and geriatric care professional with an interest in dementia care.

Providing a balanced and in-depth analysis of the literature and exploring the evidence around myriad modalities of non-pharmacological interventions targeting problematic behaviors, mood issues, overall functioning, quality of life, and cognitive functioning deficits, the well-edited volume is an important and timely work.

Dr. Samuel T. Gontkovsky

Dr. Samuel T. Gontkovsky is the Executive Director of Research and Development at Home Care Assistance and has led the development of the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an in-home cognitive activities program. He brings more than 15 years of professional experience in clinical practice, research and teaching, and was head of the Department of Psychology and the Pain Management Program at the Nebraska Medical Center before joining Home Care Assistance. Dr. Gontkovsky has published more than 75 professional articles, books, book chapters and book reviews and has given more than 125 presentations at local, national and international conferences. He serves as a reviewer for numerous journals and professional organizations in the area of psychology, neuro-psychology, medicine, health and rehabilitation.

The Brain Boost

A Practical Guide to Brain Health

Happy to 102 is the first book in our senior wellness series and focuses on healthy longevity, which we define as remaining healthy, active, sharp and happy throughout an extensive lifespan.

The Brain Boost: A Practical Guide to Brain Health is the seventh book in our senior wellness series.

Is it possible to rewire the brain to enhance cognitive health as we age? The Brain Boost: A Practical Guide to Brain Health draws on cutting-edge research from the fields of cognitive science, neuropsychology and medicine to show that anyone can boost his or her brain performance through lifestyle changes. Full of fascinating studies—from explorations of the hippocampi of London taxi drivers to the role of the emotional tone of music in enhancing cognitive function in those with Alzheimer’s.

The Brain Boost is a highly engaging window into the world of neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to reorganize itself throughout an individual’s lifespan to compensate for injury and disease. The Brain Boost offers practical, everyday tips to support brain health and longevity with a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, socialization and challenging cognitive stimulation. Combating the idea that cognitive decline is an inevitable part of aging, this book is a must read for adults of any age eager to harness the power of neuroplasticity to enhance their mental acuity and wellbeing.