Core Curriculum

Core curriculum classes are presented by local experts in their field of knowledge. Speakers share pertinent information from the National Council on Aging as well as knowledge from their years of experience. Friendly, open discussion gives participants the opportunity to ask questions gaining more in-depth knowledge of each subject matter.

  • Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery: Introduction to the program and its philosophy, with a special emphasis on the new realities of aging, making the most of the gift of longevity, and taking small steps to improve health, financial well-being, and quality of life.
  • Caregiver Perspectives: Assessing our Needs: Focus on the caregiving journey including a reflection on personal burdens and stress as well as guidance on coping strategies and improving communication between caregivers and care recipients.
  • Exercise and You: Discussion of the importance of aerobics, strengthening, flexibility, and balance as they relate to aging, with a focus on strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily routines.
  • Sleep: Overview of how sleep patterns change as we age, the importance of monitoring the sleep cycle, and simple strategies to improve sleep.
  • Healthy Eating and Hydration: Review of nutrition as it relates to aging, with a focus on strategies for incorporating healthy eating and hydration into daily routines.
  • Financial Fitness: Introduction to strategies for remaining economically secure in an era of longevity with an emphasis on setting financial goals and setting financial boundaries with friends and family.
  • Medication Management: Best practices covering how to take medications as directed, how to store medications safely, and how to keep track of multiple medications.
  • Advance Planning: Guidance around key steps needed to manage health care, financial, and housing/care decisions, with a focus on considering the role of personal values and beliefs in these decisions.
  • Healthy Relationships: Exploration of the benefits of being socially active, as well as the risks of isolation, with a focus on practical strategies for continuing to build and strengthen friendships and family connections as we age.
  • Falls Prevention: Overview of the importance of falls prevention among older adults, and strategies to prevent falling.
  • Community Engagement: Introduction to the value of continuing contribution for individuals and for society, with a focus on identifying personal aptitudes for meaningful volunteer and civic opportunities.
  • Caregiver Playbook: Planning, Connecting, and Doing: This capstone class provides the opportunity to revisit what has been learned, examine hopes and fears, and take practical steps to locate supportive services.

Info taken from AMP programming