Class will focus on aging well

The Enumclaw and Buckley senior centers are offering a free, innovative, 10-week health and wellness program to residents 55 and older.

  • Sunday, April 17, 2016 2:32pm
  • Life

The Enumclaw and Buckley senior centers are offering a free, innovative, 10-week health and wellness program to residents 55 and older.

The Aging Mastery Program was developed by the National Council on Aging and has been successful at helping older adults build their own playbook for aging well. The Enumclaw and Buckley senior centers are one of a number of organizations in Washington selected to offer the AMP.

“With life expectancy hitting a record high the timing of this series couldn’t be better,” said Brenda Sexton, who is helping the two centers organize the series. “The series is designed to encourage Baby Boomers, and those on the fringe, to think about how they can make the most of those extra years.”

AMP is designed to be a fun, person-centered education program that empowers participants to embrace the gift of longevity by spending more time each day doing things that are good for themselves and for others. The program encourages mastery – developing sustainable behaviors across many dimensions that can lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced wellbeing and increased societal participation.

The goal of the program is to empower older adults to make and maintain small but impactful changes. Topics, with guest speakers in each area, will include: Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery; Exercise and You; Sleep; Healthy Eating and Hydration; Aging Gracefully (Fall Prevention); Medication Management; Financial Fitness; Advance Planning; Healthy Relationships; and Community Engagement. Each class includes basic educational materials, a checklist of potential next steps, and a system for tracking behaviors.

The Enumclaw and Buckley senior centers will offer two 10-week programs in 2016. The first is set for 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Green River Community College’s Enumclaw Campus. The 90-minute classes begin April 26 and run through June 28. The second series will take place on Thursday evenings in September at the Buckley Fire Station.

The NCOA values this program at $99, but thanks to grant funding, the senior centers are able to offer this program free.

Those interested in registering for the first session may call Jobyna Nickum at the Enumclaw Senior Center, 360-825-4741, or email, or contact Sexton at 253-315-2338 or

More in Life

Enumclaw High hosts 7th annual Empty Bowls event

The event, held at Enumclaw High School, will help fund the Enumclaw Food Bank and Plateau Outreach Ministries.

A modern fairytale with a twist

He did it on one knee. One knee, with a nervous grin… Continue reading

Read the first two books before tackling ‘Banished’

Well, look at you. And you do — ten times a day,… Continue reading

Breakfast for the Birds coming Feb. 21

Celebrate the coming of spring with breakfast, fun hats and Ciscoe Morris.

With help from ‘The Grumpy Gardener,’ you can prepare for spring | The Bookworm

Normally, you’d never allow it. Holes in your yard? No way! Trenches… Continue reading

How to keep The Courier-Herald visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections, and you might see less news. Here’s how you can fix that.

A small act of kindness can make a big impact | SoHaPP

Join SoHaPP’s book group this February to discuss “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. Don’t have the book? Check it out at the Enumclaw Library or visit The Sequel.

This book will WOW you | Point of Review

Wow. Just… wow. Did you see that? Wasn’t it awesome? It was… Continue reading

EHS graduate McNab promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

Tom McNab was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force.

White River Valley Museum opens “Suffer for Beauty” exhibit

Corsets, bras, and bustles, oh my! The White River Valley Museum is hosting its new event, “Suffer for Beauty,” which is all about the changing ideals of female beauty through the ages. The exhibit runs through June 17.

Library’s art and writing contest returns to Pierce County | Pierce County Library System

Pierce County teens are encouraged to express themselves through writing, painting, drawing and more for the annual Our Own Expressions competition, hosted by the Pierce County Library System.

‘School of Awake’ offers advice to adolescent girls

Twinkle, twinkle. For as long as you can remember, you’ve known how… Continue reading