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SHIRLEY — The Shirley Council on Aging is pleased to announce a 12-week health and wellness program for adults 60 years of age or older called “The Aging Mastery Program.”

The program will run from Sept. 9 through Nov. 18, each Wednesday from 9:30-11 a.m. A light, nutritious breakfast will be served each week.

The Aging Mastery Program was developed by the National Council on Aging with the help of a grant from the MetLife Foundation.

This is the second year of the pilot program in Massachusetts and the Shirley COA is one of only 35 senior centers in the state and 60 in the country to offer the Aging Mastery Program. We are fortunate to have been selected and awarded grant funding from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

This is a wonderful opportunity for older adults to participate in and reap the benefits of this cutting-edge wellness program. We are currently recruiting 30 adults age 60-plus to participate. You do not have to live in Shirley to attend.

The goal of this program is to empower older adults to make and maintain small but impactful changes in health behaviors. The training sessions will explore navigating longer lives, physical activity, sleep, healthy eating and hydration, financial fitness, medication management, advanced planning, healthy relationships, falls prevention and community engagement. We will have local professional speakers, a checklist of potential next steps and a system for tracking behaviors. Participants will set goals for themselves and earn points and rewards for positive actions.

The Aging Mastery Program offers you a chance to take charge of your wellness. Forge your own pathway to better health, financial well-being and life enrichment. If you would like to sign up for this special program, call us today at 978-425-1390 or email coadirector@shirley-ma.gov. There is no cost for this program and space is limited!