Americans are living much longer than we did even 50 years ago. However, expectations of old age have changed little. People are not prepared mentally, emotionally, or financially for this extended longevity. An 88-year-old woman recently complained of her seemingly empty existence saying she thought she would be dead in her 60s.
Many of us face retirement with at least some degree of anxiety. We question what comes next. If you are 50+ years of age plan on joining us in the fall for a journey to a happier, healthier, productive long life. Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Henderson and St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro will soon be offering a program aimed specifically at assisting you live life to the fullest.
The Aging Mastery Program was developed by the Nation Council on Aging as a fun approach to living and enjoying our extra years. The program consists of ten weekly sessions that lead to improved health, stronger financial security, enhanced well-being, and an increased connection to our communities. Over 6,000 older Americans have completed the Aging Mastery Program to date. They report significant improvements in social involvement, use of advanced planning, and adoption of several healthy behaviors. The core program topics include Exercise and You, Financial Fitness, Sleep, Healthy Eating and Hydration, Medication Management, Advanced Planning, Healthy Relationships, Community Engagement, and Falls Prevention. Speakers with expertise in the ten topics will be our speakers. Participants establish personal goals and through peer support and simple rewards, develop sustainable behavior for aging well.