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Graduates Look To Better Older Lives, Not Launch New Ones

Graduates and staff celebrated graduation for the region’s first Aging Mastery Program, which was offered at Tri-County Mental Health Services.

Sixteen Northland residents recently launched graduation season early as they celebrated completion of Greater Kansas City’s first Aging Mastery Program (AMP).

Organized by Tri-County Mental Health Services and Clay County Senior Services, AMP is a 10-week course to help older adults not only survive, but thrive as they age. Nearly 50 graduates, family members and staff members attended the graduation April 7 at Tri-County Mental Health Services.

Many of the lessons are familiar, but AMP emphasis teaching students how to use the information in their lives.  “The information wasn’t at first new, but this goes a step deeper,” explained Becky Franklin, older adult educator for Tri-County. “It gives you ways to use that information. That’s the mastery part.” Topics included areas such as engaging in the community, healthy relationships and falls prevention.

A major emphasis is reducing the stigma that aging must involve some level of depression, loneliness or other factors. “This is about mental wellness,” noted Jamie Wehmeyer, Tri-County director of Assessment & Youth Services. “We are going to build on that going forward.” A second class being held in Excelsior Springs was scheduled to graduate later this month.

Franklin co-facilitated the program along with Paula Zigmond, Program & Resources manager, Clay County Senior Services. Clay County’s Senior Services Director Tina Ulridge said the program achieved another goal. “We wanted the classes to be fun and informative,” she said. “And you also had some pretty good lunches.”

Graduates for the program were Judy Beason, Kansas City; Susan Cessna, Kansas City; Debbie Coble, Gladstone; Lois Edmiston, Kansas City; Patricia Elliott, Kansas City; Roxanne Hall, Kansas City; Pamela Norris, Gladstone; Laurie Oswald, Kansas City; Carol Plummer, Kansas City; Mary Jo Retschulte, Kansas City; Maribeth Ryan, Kansas City; Janell Skinner, Kansas City; Kay Terrell, Kearney; Eva Lee Waits, Kansas City; Linda White, Gladstone; and Diane Wolf, Liberty.

For more information, contact Paula Zigmond at 816-455-4800 or e-mail:

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