Extension online course helps seniors cope with health issues

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The Mastery of Aging Well online course is co-sponsored by Oregon AARP. (photo courtesy of Oregon AARP.)

Education may help reduce rising health care costs for older people

U.S. health care costs have increased dramatically over the past decade, exceeding $2.8 trillion in 2012. Americans who are 65 and older account for a significant share of these costs due to the onset of health concerns that come with life in later years.

To help seniors manage chronic problems and live healthier, Extension created an online course called Mastery of Aging Well thanks to a $300,000 USDA grant. 
The content is broken down into five units that address memory difficulties, depression, medications, food and physical activity. The course is offered as a series of five free, self-paced modules online through OSU's Professional and Continuing Education unit. It is also available for purchase on a DVD.

The course is co-sponsored by Oregon AARP. In October 2010, an AARP Telephone Town Hall featuring the Mastery of Aging Well program drew 11,544 callers, 3,000 of whom received follow-up information about the program. AARP and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute have successfully used the DVD and an accompanying study guide as a video book club.

Source: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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