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Aging Mastery Classes Help People Age Well

Classes Coming to Sterling Heights in March; Farmington Hills in April

Important update regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

We have canceled our Health & Wellness classes that are currently scheduled to run during March. We have not yet made a decision on whether we will cancel or reschedule classes that are to start after April 1, 2020. For more information on AAA 1-B’s coronavirus response and resources and information to help older adults and family caregivers, visit our coronavirus updates page.

We’re all getting older, but could we be doing it better?

Yes, we could. Aging Mastery, a 10-week program AAA 1-B is offering for the first time beginning in March and again in late April, is designed as a pathway to better aging through lifestyle changes, smarter financial decisions and deeper community involvement.

The program (1 ½ hours per weekly session), developed by the National Council on Aging, combines education with goal-setting, daily practices and peer support. The core subjects covered each week and delivered by trained leaders and subject matter experts are:

  • Navigating Longer Lives
  • Exercise and You
  • Healthy Eating and Hydration
  • Sleep
  • Medication Management
  • Financial Fitness
  • Advance Planning
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Falls Prevention
  • Community Engagement

Participants are encouraged to track the changes they’ve adopted. Class materials are provided.

“Our Aging Mastery workshops are co-facilitated by experienced, trained leaders who will help you to improve your overall well-being and live a longer, healthier life,” says Jeannine Magowan, training coordinator for AAA 1-B’s wellness services.

More than 6,000 older adults have participated in an Aging Mastery Program since it started in 2013, according to a study published in the journal Healthcare in May 2018. Results from early tracking showed significant improvements in social connectedness, healthy eating and exercising, communication with doctors, use of Medicare preventive benefits, medication adherence and adoption of other healthy behaviors. More than 90% of participants completed at least 7 of the 10 classes in the program.

The first Aging Mastery class begins March 7 and will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. each Thursday at the Sterling Heights Senior Center, 40200 Utica Road. The second program begins April 24 at the Costick Center, 28600 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. It will be held from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday.

For information and to register, call (833) 262-2200 or email us at wellnessprograms@aaa1b.org.