Welcome to your playbook for aging well!

As children, we’re taught how to be successful adults. By contrast, no one teaches us how to age well. As a result, most are unprepared for this new stage in life.

That’s where Aging Mastery® comes in. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) created the Aging Mastery Program (AMP) as a guide to building a playbook for aging well and making the most of the gift of longer life. 

It is a comprehensive and fun approach to positive aging by focusing on key aspects of health, finances, relationships, personal growth, and community involvement. Central to the Aging Mastery philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results. Mastery comes from turning these lifestyle changes into habits that lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being, and increased societal participation.

Results show that program participants have increased their physical activity levels, healthy eating habits, use of advanced planning, social connectedness, and participation in evidence-based self-management programs.

Aging has changed dramatically in just one generation. There is a new reality to maintaining health and economic security and contributing to society as people age. Traditional retirement plans are disappearing, the cost of daily living continues to rise, and more than 84% of people aged 65+ are coping with at least one chronic health condition. Most importantly, people are living longer—much longer—than previous generations.

The nation’s 76 million baby boomers have been given an unprecedented gift of time. Aging Mastery helps them address both the benefits and challenges of this new longevity bonus.

Our next Aging Mastery Program starts February 11 and runs through March 11, 5-8pm at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center. Call 608-266-6581 for more information or to register. Fee is $49 for an individual or $79 for two people registering together. Scholarships are available. Call Laura at 267-8650 for scholarship information. 

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