Angela FentressRecently, I’ve changed my perspective on getting older. I see my life as a gift to focus on what I can do, not what I can’t. I enrolled in the Aging Mastery Program (AMP) offered by Oasis. AMP is a free, 10-week class that covers a wide-range of topics on successful aging. My knowledge increased tremendously. I also became motivated to do more, such as take classes on falls prevention. I am glad I did! I now feel more confident with every step. Did I mention that professional presenters were dynamic, providing expert advice? I, along with others in the class, listened intently and shared personal experiences related to each of the diverse topics. Everyone had something to offer! I changed my diet and exercise routine, too, after participating in AMP. These small changes made a big difference both physically and mentally. Putting what I learned into action just feels good. I created weekly goals and charted my progress. I’m grateful to the National Council On Aging for creating this program and to Anthem for bringing it to my neck of the woods in Illinois. Hats off to the Oasis team for their hard work, too. AMP is “worth its weight in gold.” Oasis will never know the impact AMP has made on my life. I am more mindful than ever before that successful aging begins with me. I will continue to learn, meet new people, and enjoy opportunities. I encourage you to do the same!

Angela Fentress