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Jefferson Healthcare is continuing the Aging Mastery Program this spring.  The Aging Mastery Program consists of a 10-week curriculum covering topics from health to finances. 

Where: Quilcene Community Center

When:  10 classes March 27-June 5 (no class Memorial Day)

Time:   2:00 to 3:30 pm

Cost:   Free- this is the last session to be offered at no cost. 

Class size is limited to 30 participants and requires registration.  If you are interested or want to register, contact Mitzi Hazard at (360) 285-2200 ext. 1210 or email at mhazard@jeffersonhealthcare.org.  The participants must commit to all 10 core curriculum classes. 

The Aging Mastery Program ® (AMP) is a comprehensive and fun approach to aging well that encourages people to take actions to enhance their health, financial well-being, social connectedness, and overall quality of life.  Central to the AMP philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results and that people can be empowered and supported to cultivate health and longevity.  Equally important, the program encourages mastery - developing sustainable behaviors over time.

Aging Mastery Program is vital for our aging community.  Life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, yet people are generally unprepared for this increased longevity.  AMP offers an innovative approach to guide individuals through this phase of life.  The program incorporates evidence-informed materials, expert speakers, group discussion, peer support, and small rewards to give participants the skills and tools they need to achieve measurable improvements in managing their health, remaining economically secure, and contributing actively in society.  All program materials and resources align with the goal of helping people enjoy self-sufficient lives.

The Core Curriculum

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Sleep - Overview of how sleep patterns change as we age, the importance of monitoring the sleep cycle, and simple strategies to improve sleep.

  4. 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.

  5. Financial Fitness - 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.

  6. Advance Planning - 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.

  7. Healthy Relationships - 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.

  8. Medication Management - Best practices on how to take medications as directed, how to store medications safely, and how to keep track of multiple medications.

  9. Community Engagement - 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.

  10. Falls Prevention -Overview of the importance of falls prevention among older adults along with strategies to prevent falling.