Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, the world was about to change forever. Born in beautiful Tuscany, Italy, during the 14th century, the Renaissance broke us out of prevailing paradigms about everything: art, science, religion, and the individual. The Renaissance was a time and a force for inspiration, creativity, change, and renewal. It was an ‘awakening’ of sorts, and this is where the story of Renascence begins.
Renascence means awakening, coming into being. It is also the name of our place of work (founded in 2003), and serves as a reminder of our mission. Think of the Renaissance as a metaphor for our work. Like the Renaissance of the past, Renascence takes an enlightened and inspired approach to healthy living and aging. While the Renaissance was the “Age of Enlightenment,” Renascence serves as the “Enlightenment of Aging.” Our purpose is to help individuals experience a personal health renaissance. Your journey begins here then, as the ‘renascent’ artist of the rest of your life – coming into being… again.
Traditional medical training is good at helping you out once you develop health problems but falls short when it comes to improving your overall health or preventing the most common dysfunctions and diseases associated with aging. We’ve therefore come to think of traditional ‘sick care’ as downstream medicine, waiting for you to get in the rough rapids of your health journey before intervening. At Renascence, we believe upstream medicine is a better way, helping you to remain or return to the calmer upstream waters of your health journey for as long as possible.
“Within each one of us resides the capacity to make of our remaining days a personal Renaissance”
At Renascence, we choose to approach your health destiny as great Explorers, Scientists, Humanists, and Artists. As Explorers, together we can discover much about how you arrived here regarding your health, and where you might still be able to take your health. As the Scientist we measure your current health status and, on an ongoing basis, the results of your heroic efforts to achieve your highest level of health. As Humanists we acknowledge the reality that, as humans, we are prone to fall off our chosen path from time to time. Therefore, we teach the six REALMS© of whole-person aging to sustain you on your health journey. Finally, through careful planning and much practice you will ‘paint’ a masterpiece on your canvas of life, as the ‘Artist of the rest of our life.’
We embrace the importance of viewing people as the unity of body, intellect, emotion, spirit, & the systems/environments in which they live, and attending to each dimension.
We view the relationship between the patient and the health care provider as one of connecting with others, knowing what we have in common, helping, and being helped.
We are deeply respectful of the wishes and experience of the individual patient, and value the patient as a true active partner in their own care.
We will become the change we wish to see in our patients through teaching by example and embodying a philosophy of self-care.
We will prepare patients to become accountable for their own health to effectively prevent, delay, minimize, or reverse age-related decline and diseases.
We support informed decision-making based on the best available evidence on the safety and effectiveness of all treatment and lifestyle options.
Our public declaration and promise to you