What is the Aging Mastery Starter Kit?
The Starter Kit is a self-directed version of NCOA’s successful Aging Mastery Program® (AMP). Just like the community-based program, the Starter Kit is a fun and hands-on experience that encourages people to embrace their gift of longevity by spending more time each day doing things that are good for themselves and for others. It is designed for those who like to learn on their own or who may not be able to attend AMP classes in person.
What is Included in the Starter Kit?
The Starter Kit combines education with engaging activities to inspire people to take actions to achieve autonomy, mastery, and purpose as they age.
The centerpiece of the Starter Kit is the Aging Mastery Playbook, a guide to the philosophy of Aging Mastery with practical tips for aging well across six dimensions: Gratitude and Mindfulness, Health and Well-Being, Finances and Future Planning, Connections and Community, Learning and Creativity, and Legacy and Purpose.
The Starter Kit also includes two DVDs specially created for Aging Mastery:
- Tai Chi Easy: First Steps for Aging Mastery. This DVD promotes health and well-being through gentle movement, mindfulness, breath practices, and self-applied massage. We developed the routines in collaboration with Roger Jahnke, OMD. Dr. Jahnke is the Director of The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, the developer of Tai Chi Easy, and the author of The Healer Within.
- Essentrics® Stretch Workouts for Aging Mastery. The two Classical Stretch workouts on this DVD were chosen with Essentrics to help seniors lead better lives. Essentrics is a dynamic workout that simultaneously lengthens and strengthens every muscle in the body, resulting in greater joint mobility and lean, long muscles.
Additional components of the Starter Kit include activity cards that support taking actions, a notepad for personal reflection, a goal-setting progress chart, and postcards to express gratitude.
How Can I Purchase a Kit?
You can purchase a Starter Kit in the Aging Mastery Store. Any individual or community center can purchase the kit. (You do not need to be a licensed AMP site to purchase this item.) Cost for the kit is $50 plus shipping.
Can I Use the Starter Kit in Conjunction with AMP Classes?
Yes! The Starter Kit and the Aging Mastery Program (AMP) classes are complementary. Individuals who receive and use the Starter Kit can then sign up for AMP classes if these are available in their area. The classes will reinforce what they’ve learned from the Starter Kit. By the same token, individuals who have completed AMP classes may be interested in having a copy of the Starter Kit as continued inspiration for their Aging Mastery journey.
For tips on using the Starter Kit, refer to our Aging Mastery Starter Kit User Guide.