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Some cohort 1 graduates of the 10-week Aging Mastery course from left; John Bouldin, Marilyn Bouldin, Emily Marquis (Instructor), Corinne Schieman, Molly Bischoff (Chaffee County Public Health).

Chaffee County Public Health ( CCPH) announced today that it will be offering a ten-week health and wellness program to residents 55 and over known as the Aging Mastery Program®.  The program begins September 25 and it was developed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).

“This is a wonderful opportunity for older adults to participate in, and reap the benefits of, this cutting-edge wellness program,” notes CCPH NBC-HWC Certified Clinical Health & Wellness Coach and Instructor Emily Marquis.  Interested residents can register for either a virtual class (taken from anywhere) or an in-person class.

Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Mondays for ten weeks beginning September 25, 2023. CCPH notes that this will be its fourth consecutive program cohort. It has graduated more than 25 aging masters to date.

The goal of this program is to empower older adults to make and maintain small but impactful changes. The classes will explore navigating longer lives, physical activity, sleep, healthy eating and hydration, financial fitness, medication management, advanced planning, healthy relationships, fall prevention, and community engagement.

“For each of these classes, we will provide basic educational materials developed from highly trusted sources, a checklist of potential next steps, and a system for tracking behaviors. Participants will earn points for positive actions and rewards,” adds Marquis.

As an NBC-HWC board-certified clinical health and wellness coach, Marquis will also welcome local guest expert speakers to share their knowledge on certain topics.

Those interested in learning full details about the program, visit In-person space is limited. The cost for  the 10-week program is $99. Scholarships are available through Chaffee County Public Health; contact Molly Bischoff at

A sample of class alumni testimonials include these comments from Judy H.:

“A friend and I signed up for the Aging Mastery class. When I read the description, I thought, oh, I know a lot of that. What I discovered was there was so much more to learn! On some of the topics, I was clueless. I needed a path to follow. The book and lessons gave a good overview, but the teacher, Emily Marquis went over and above, sending us additional resources in emails the day after each lesson. Emily was a fountain of knowledge on the subjects covered. The class was interactive, and we were encouraged to share. We got to know each other. At the end of 10 weeks, I had eight new friends. I cannot recommend this course enough. It was the roadmap I needed.”