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Aging Mastery Programs

The Aging Mastery Program (AMP) is a fun and engaging education and behavior change program for aging well created by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). 

The AMP core curriculum covers 10-11 topics:
  • Navigating Longer Lives
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Healthy Eating & Hydration
  • Financial Fitness
  • Advanced Planning
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Medication Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Falls Prevention
  • Caregiving (optional)

These classes address topics such as patient/physician communication, memory, home safety, malnutrition, and bucket lists.  Aging Mastery is a comprehensive approach for modest lifestyle changes to empower and cultivate health and longevity. Over the course of the program, participants set goals for positive actions in many aspects of their lives such as exercise, nutrition, finances, advance care planning, community engagement, and healthy relationships.

Program results have shown that older adults in the program participants significantly increased their:

  • Social connectedness
  • Physical activity levels
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Use of advanced planning
  • Participation in evidence-based programs
  • Adoption of several other healthy behaviors

Caregiver Chats

CAREGIVER CHATS are designed to provide a place to openly share and discuss what’s happening in your life as a caregiver.

Join us each month for insightful conversations around caregiving challenges, discover helpful resources, and gain encouragement from professionals and your peers.

Register now! https://bit.ly/CaregiverChats

Glimmers of Joy Monthly Outreach

Joy Conference may be canceled, but joy certainly can’t be stopped! Sign up to receive the Glimmers of Joy email. These brief emails will offer a quick glimpse into ways you can continue to find joy in your life and share it with others! 

http://bit.ly/GlimmersSignup

Home and Community Education

The Outagamie County Extension Association for Home and Community Education is a non-profit, educational, and service organization. Membership is open to all individuals without regard to race, sex, color, ethnic background, residence or economic circumstance.

Visit the HCE website!

It’s All Relative

Many grandparents or relatives who are raising children are turning to each other to find the comfort and help they need. The Grandparents/Relatives Support Group of Outagamie County focuses on the roles grandparents and relatives play, and provides an opportunity to meet others who share similar experiences, knowledge, strengths, and hopes.

Meetings typically consist of a guest speaker on relevant topics such as:

  • Loss & Grief Issues
  • Dynamics of Kinship Families
  • Legal Issues & Permanency
  • Hope & Resilience
  • Parenting Two Generations

Download the brochure

A program of Outagamie County Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with Extension Outagamie County.

Parenting Resources

UW-Madison Division of Extension has prepared five information sheets, called Common Ties, on common co-parenting topics. Parents can download and print these documents to support their co-parenting journeys.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six session program designed to provide family caregivers with the tools to take care of themselves while caring for a loved one. You will benefit from this class whether helping a parent, partner, spouse, adult child, neighbor, or friend.

Learn to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Communicate your feelings better
  • Increase your ability to make tough decisions
  • Deal with guilt, depression, or anger
  • Identify helpful resources that support you
  • Share ideas and problem solve with other family caregivers

Splashes of JOY with HCE (Sparks of Joy)

Hosted by Outagamie County HCE, we will be meeting the second Monday of each month! Each month will be a different topic. Join us! Contact Karen Dickrell, karen.dickrell@wisc.edu, for more information. 

Who Gets Grandma’s Pie Plate?

Passing on personal possessions is a process that occurs for almost every person in every kind of family.  Across the generations, objects have meaning and carry history – for individuals, groups and families.  Each situation is unique and each family may look at this process in a different way.

“Who Gets Grandma’s Pie Plate” is  designed to be an effective tool for a variety of family groups working to make decisions in different situations.  The decisions might be when you are needing to move to a different location, dealing with a death, a family crisis, or carrying out the wishes of a loved one.  Planning ahead allows for more choices, the opportunity to communicate what will work and fewer misunderstandings and conflicts.

The workshop is offered to community groups that are interested in offering it.  The workshop can be 45-60 minutes.

 


STAFF 

If you have questions or want more information please contact:

Karen Dickrell | Human Development and Relationships Educator
Extension Outagamie County
3365 W. Brewster St. | Appleton, WI 54914
Phone: 920-832-5121 | Wisconsin Relay: 711
Fax: 920-832-4783
Email: karen.dickrell@wisc.edu

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