Aging Mastery Program – Mastering the Skills to Navigate and Overcome the Challenges of Life in Old Age
Next class begins on November 2nd at 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Lunch Provided – The class continues every Wednesday for 5 weeks. – Held at the Aspen Mine Center conference room. Call Shanon at 719-314-5714 to register.
The Aging Mastery Program® combines evidence-informed knowledge sharing with goal-setting and feedback routines, daily practices, peer support, and small rewards. Classes are led by expert speakers who help participants gain the skills and tools they need to manage their health, remain economically secure, and contribute actively in society. The goal of the 10 core classes is to provide participants with an overview of the challenges encountered while navigating life in old age and offer support to master new skills. The 10 core classes are listed below:
Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery
Introduction to the program and its philosophy with a special emphasis on the new realities of aging, making the most of the gift of longevity, and taking small steps to improve health, financial well-being, social connectedness, and overall quality of life.
Exercise and You
Discussion of the importance of exercising both the mind and the body with a focus on strategies for incorporating meditation, aerobics, strengthening, flexibility, and balance into daily routines.
Overview of how sleep patterns change as we age, the importance of monitoring the sleep cycle, and simple strategies to improve sleep.
Healthy Eating and Hydration
Review of nutrition as it relates to aging with a focus on strategies for incorporating healthy eating and hydration into daily routines.
Introduction to strategies for remaining economically secure in an era of longevity with an emphasis on setting financial goals and setting financial boundaries with friends and families.
Guidance around key steps needed to manage health care, financial, and housing/care decisions with a focus on considering the role of personal values and beliefs in these decisions.
Exploration of the benefits of being socially active, as well as the risks of isolation with a focus on practical strategies for continuing to build and strengthen friendships and family connections as we age.
Best practices on how to take medications as directed, how to store medications safely, and how to keep track of multiple medications.
Introduction to the value of continuing contribution and small acts of kindness with a focus on identifying personal aptitudes for meaningful volunteer and civic opportunities.
Overview of the importance of falls prevention among older adults along with strategies to prevent falling.
Some of our past participant comments:
“I am more aware of medications, and how to be my best advocate. Coming to this class was a very positive experience.”
“ Coming to the class has made me more aware of my physical and mental health.”
“I have made changes to my diet. I have started working on my end of life planning, so it is how I choose.”
“I started back at physical therapy and encouraged me to take better care of myself for me”