Connecting People Around Living Healthy, Meaningful Lives Well Into Retirement.

Interested in feeling better today and staying healthy for the future? This time of year, thoughts turn to the New Year and becoming a “better you.” Today, we are living longer — so it is good to be thinking about ways to engage in ongoing and positive ways to make the most of longevity. In 1950, the average American who was 65 could expect to live another 14 years in retirement, with roughly half of that time in good health.

Today, once people reach age 65, they can expect to live another 19 years with roughly 66 percent of that time in good health. As a result, we can expect to have the greatest amount of free time in history.

It is exciting for me to share with you a wonderful program being implemented by UW-Madison Division of Extension Educators, Ruth Schriefer of Iowa County and Bridget Mouchon of Green and Lafayette Counties, called the “Aging Mastery Program”

The program incorporates evidence-based materials, expert speakers, group discussion, and peer support to give participants the skills and tools they need to achieve measurable improvements in managing their health and remaining economically secure. The program aims to empower adults to make and maintain small, effective changes to their behaviors to live a healthier, happier, and more secure life. Small steps can make a big difference in your health and well-being, and even modest improvements can make life fun and meaningful.

Participants set individual goals and a key element of the program is the reward system, designed to both motivate and encourage ongoing participation. Incentives are an essential feature of the program and help turn learning into doing. The incentives are tied directly to the action steps in each class. Participants earn points for each action step they accomplish. At the end of the 10 week session, participants receive rewards based on the number of total points they achieved.

Class begins January 12, Call (608) 930-9850 to sign up or learn more!