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Nov 28

New “aging mastery” class offered for 50 Plus beginning Jan. 10

Posted on November 28, 2018 at 3:23 PM by Becky Burnside

A comprehensive and fun approach to living that celebrates the gift of longevity is what participants will find in a new program being offered by JCPRD’s 50 Plus Program this winter.

The Aging Mastery Program (AMP) will focus on positivity and simple changes that can make a big difference in creating healthy habits. The program combines goal-setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives. It covers a broad range of topics, and local experts will help teach the curriculum.  

“We spend so much time thinking about retirement and aging but not a lot of time really learning and actively planning for it,” said 50 Plus Recreation Coordinator Sophie Griffin. “AMP offers a comprehensive way to better prepare ourselves so that we can really enjoy life.” 

Sessions will include: “Navigating Longer Lives,” “Exercise and You,” “Sleep,” “Healthy Eating,” “Financial Fitness,” “Advance Planning,” “Healthy Relationships,” “Medication Management,” “Falls Prevention,” and “Community Engagement”. Participants will receive a book and incentives throughout the ten-week program. 

But this program is more than classroom learning, as organizers hope to build a community which will help participants find others who are having similar experiences, and connect participants to services and organizations that can be great resources to keep people active, engaged, and independent. 

The Aging Mastery Program will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays beginning Jan. 10 at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall Ave., Overland Park. The cost for ten 90-minute sessions is $45 per person for Johnson County residents or $50 per person for nonresidents. Call (913) 826-3054 for more information. 

The local AMP class came about with the assistance of the Mid-America Regional Council’s KC Communities for All Ages, K-State Research and Extension of Johnson County, and Bridge Quest Wealth Strategies.  It is expected to become an ongoing JCPRD offering. If the program proves successful here, possible follow-up offerings could include a curriculum aimed at caregivers to help those playing that role, and an alumni group for past participants.