The National Council on Aging (NCOA) selected only eight centers in the western states for the expansion of their new, innovative program, Aging Mastery®. The two locations in Oregon are the Hollywood Senior Center and the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. Both centers are currently recruiting boomers and seniors to complete the 10-week, cutting-edge wellness program. This is a great, fun opportunity for older adults to build the skills needed to navigate the “bonus years” that many are enjoying due to increased life spans.
Developed by the National Council on Aging, the program aims to empower participants age 55 and older to make and maintain small but impactful changes in their behavior that will enhance the later stage of their life — a stage of life that has become significantly longer in the past 50 years. “But most people generally are not prepared for this increased longevity,” according to an article from NCOA.
The goal of the program is to empower adults to make and maintain small but impactful changes. The classes explore navigating longer lives, physical activity, sleep, healthy eating and hydration, financial fitness, medication management, advance planning, healthy relationships, fall prevention, and community engagement. The classes provides educational materials from highly trusted sources, expert speakers, a checklist of action steps, and a system to track behaviors. Participants can opt to track points for rewards too.
At each session there will be a speaker who is an expert on the topic of the week. Participants will receive basic educational materials, a checklist of potential next steps and a system for tracking behaviors. The Age Mastery Program will be offered at the Lake Oswego Adult Center starting September 2, noon-1:30pm. Program registration starts August 10.
The program will be offered at the Hollywood Senior Center starting September 21 from 10am to 11:30am.
The centers expect the 30-person classes to fill quickly, so if this piques your interest, call the center closest to you for more information. The Hollywood Senior Center can be reached at 503-288-8303 or the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center at 503-635-3758.