CMC announces Aging Mastery Program with CCPH – by Hannah Harn – The Ark Valley Voice

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Colorado Mountain College (CMC). will be offering a ten-week health and wellness program for residents 55 and over, in partnership with Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH). 

The Aging Mastery Program® was developed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and is an opportunity for older adults to participate in and benefit from a cutting-edge wellness program. Registration for the ten-week virtual and in-person courses is now open with CMC, and classes will be held on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12: 00 noon, starting January 12, 2022.  Emily Marquis, NBHWC board-certified clinical health and wellness coach, will instruct the class. 

Age Strong Chaffee Event. Courtesy of CMC.

The program aims to empower older adults to make and maintain small, impactful changes, exploring topics like physical activity, healthy eating and hydration, financial fitness, medication management, advanced planning, fall prevention, healthy relationships, and community engagement. Basic educational materials developed by trusted sources, a checklist for potential next steps, and a behavior tracking model will be provided in each class, and participants can earn points and rewards for positive actions. 

CMC will also host an Age Strong Chaffee event from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on December 9, 2021, at A Church, 419 D Street in Salida. Interested adults can register for the course at the Age Strong event, then will watch the “Let’s End Ageism” TED Talk, and discuss the Aging Mastery Program. Call 907-309-9145 for more information about the Age Strong event. 

Those interested in learning more about the program can visit the CMC website, https://community-education.coloradomtn.edu/, and search for the Aging program. The ten-week program costs $99, and scholarships are available through CCPH. Contact Molly Bischoff at mbischoff@chaffeecounty.org or call CMC at 719-530-7900. 

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