• The model is based on the power of “Change Agents.” Change Agents are community members who successfully adopt healthy habits to improve their own healthcare. After experiencing the benefits firsthand, they disperse knowledge of healthy behaviors throughout their communities.
  • Preparing for aging society is important for all members of society, not just the elderly and those approaching retirement. People need to take care of their health throughout their childhood and working years to achieve Active Aging when they are seniors.
  • Anyone can become a Change Agent; it is not an exclusive title reserved for teachers, volunteers, public health officials, gurus, or community leaders. Change Agents contribute to community-wide movements for healthcare support that touch all groups and is bigger than any one person. Change Agents are the mechanism by which everyone in the community gains access to knowledge and support for their health.
  • Change Agents play an important role in reducing generational gaps within communities. Not only do Change Agents provide knowledge and support directly to the elderly, but they also transfer health knowledge to youth who are then able to care for their elderly neighbors. This diffusion of knowledge helps everyone prepare for aging and contribute to the formation of strong aging communities.