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Next Aging Mastery Program starts February 6

Chaffee County Public Health has announced that it will be offering another ten-week health and wellness program to residents age 55 and over. The program is called the Aging Mastery Program® and it was developed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Classes for this third cohort will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for ten weeks beginning February 6, 2023.

This cutting-edge wellness program is an opportunity for older adults to participate in, and reap the benefits of the program designed to empower older adults to make and maintain small but impactful changes. Registration for either the virtual (take from anywhere!) or in-person class is now open.

Some cohort 2 graduates
Aging Mastery Cohort 2 graduates, from left: Front Row Emily Marquis (instructor), Anna Berlin (via zoom), Diane Luchild, Back row: Susan Sunquist, Judy Haines, Ruth Runge-Barnes, Melissa Jory, and Karel Bammes. Courtesy photo.

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, the course provides 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.

The program will be instructed by Emily Marquis, NBHWC board-certified clinical health and wellness coach.

For those interested in learning full details about the program, visit In-person space is limited. Cost for the 10-week program is $99. Scholarships are available through Chaffee County Public Health. Contact Molly Bischoff at with questions or for scholarship information.

Testimonials from some of the first class participants show high satisfaction with the course and the information gained:
“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.”

Featured image: 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).