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Mastery of Aging Well course
The newspaper rustles over the breakfast table, covering cups and dishes like a tent. At the top of the page, a picture of Sharon Johnson smiles out at her readers. Johnson, an OSU Extension faculty member, is familiar throughout southern Oregon as a columnist for the Mail Tribune newspaper, a host on local cable television, and an Extension educator helping older people successfully manage chronic health problems and live healthier lives.
Her goal is clear: to keep people living healthy independent lives as long as possible. Her communications are conversational, jargon-free, and full of practical information that people can use. These are not technical lectures, although they are supported by her own research and a solid understanding of new knowledge in her field. In her course, her columns, and her broadcasts, Johnson seems to be talking personally to each person who reads or hears her.
Now Johnson has a national following with her online course, “Mastery of Aging Well: A program for healthy living.” Developed through OSU Ecampus and in partnership with the AARP, the course includes five units, most of which can be completed in about an hour.
The units are: 1) Memory Difficulties: Should I be Worried?, 2) Depression in Later Life, 3) Medication Jeopardy, 4) Food As Medicine? And 5) Physical Activity and Exercise in Later Life. The course material is provided as a series of self-paced modules, and as an interactive, fee-based online course, and as an enhanced DVD presentation.