Pima Council on Aging, a local resource that helps older adults maintain independence and health, is starting a new series of 10 weekly classes next month dubbed the Aging Mastery Program.

The series, a program of the National Council on Aging, will take place at Casas Adobes Congregational Church, 6801 N. Oracle Road in Tucson.

Karen Ring, healthy living program coordinator at PCOA in Tucson, says participants love the Aging Mastery Program.

“They want to learn more, stay engaged and stay connected with friends they have made,” said Ring, who directs the local program.

PCOA was hand-picked to offer the innovative curriculum for NCOA. The core mission of the Aging Mastery Program is to help people enjoy meaningful lives, to master the art of aging and prepare for the gift of a longer life.

In Tucson, the Aging Mastery Program aims to change societal expectations about the roles and responsibilities of older adults over time and to create fun and easy-to-follow pathways for getting more out of life, as tangible results of mastering the tenets of healthier aging.

Expert speakers, group discussion, peer support and small rewards will give participants the skills to achieve measurable improvements.