The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging is excited to announce a partnership with other Area Agencies on Aging in Minnesota to roll out the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Aging Mastery Program®.
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. NCOA created Aging Mastery as a guide to building a playbook for aging well and making the most of the gift of longer life.
Aging Mastery comes in two formats:
- Aging Mastery Program Classes – Classes are currently being scheduled in Minnesota. Call 212.897.1964 to find a class near you.
- A self-directed Aging Mastery Starter Kit
Both versions provide 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.
To learn more about the Aging Mastery Program, visit ncoa.org/AMP.
*Portions of this article are from NCOA’s website, ncoa.org/healthy-aging/aging-mastery-program