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Aging Mastery


Mondays, January 29 - April 16
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Conference Room A • Jewish Community Campus

A 12-week program to empower older adults to make and maintain small, but impactful, changes to age well.

The curriculum explores Jewish perspectives on:

  • Aging well
  • Navigating longer lives
  • Physical activity
  • Sleep
  • Healthy eating & hydration
  • Financial fitness
  • Medication management
  • Advanced planning
  • Healthy relationships
  • Fall prevention
  • Community engagement
  • Spiritual mission statements

Participants will receive their own student handbook and earn points for positive actions and rewards.

$35 for Members of the Heritage Center and The J | $55 for Non-members

Pre-registration required at (913) 327.8044 or in-person at The Heritage Center

Sponsored by: Harry L. & Elizabeth K. Jacobs Funds for Innovative Programming



Session Schedule & Instructor Information

January 29

Jewish Perspectives on Aging Mastery

Instructor: Rabbi Shyah Katz, KC Kollel
Focus on Jewish ideas of faith, transition, and personal growth using the example of Abraham and learnings from elders to examine the concepts of mind-body and spirit that underscore Jewish Life.

February 5

Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery

Instructor: TBA
Introduction to the program and its philosophy, with a special emphasis on the new realities of aging making the most of the gift of longevity, and taking small steps to improve health, financial well-being and the quality of life.

February 12

Exercise and You

Instructor: Stephanie Steiniger, Fitness & Health Expert
Discussion of the importance of aerobics, strengthening, flexibility, and balance as they relate to aging, with a focus on strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily routines.

February 19


Instructor: Denise Diaz, Johnson County Extension Agent
Overview of how sleep patterns change as we age, the importance of monitoring the sleep cycle and simple strategies to improve sleep.


February 26

Healthy Eating and Hydration

Instructor: Stephanie Steiniger, Fitness & Health Expert
Review of nutrition as it relates to aging, with a focus on strategies for incorporating healthy eating and hydration into daily routines.

March 5

Healthy Relationships

Instructor: Debra Orbuch Grayson, Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Exploration of the benefits of being socially active, as well as the risks of isolation, with a focus on practical strategies for continuing to build and strengthen friendships and family connections as we age.

March 12

Medication Management

Instructor: Stephanie Baines, Education Coordinator, Poison Control Center at the University of Kansas Health System.
Best practices covering how to take medications as directed, how to store medications safely, and how to keep track of multiple medications.


March 19

Advance Planning

Instructor: Laura Gillman, Jewish Family Services, Care Management Team Manager
Guidance around key steps needed to manage health care, financial and housing/care decisions, with a focus on considering the role of personal values and beliefs in these decisions.

March 26

Financial Fitness

Instructor: Kaitlin Guthrie, Vice President and Treasury Management Officer ANB Bank
Introduction to strategies for remaining economically secure in an era of longevity with an emphasis on setting financial goals and setting financial boundaries with friends and family.

April 2

Falls Prevention

Instructor: Denise Diaz, Johnson County Extension Agent
Overview of the importance of falls prevention among older adults, and strategies to prevent falling.

April 9

Community Engagement

Instructor: Gayle Levin, Associate Executive Director, Jewish Community Center of GKC
Introduction to the value of continuing contribution for individuals and for society, with a focus on identifying personal aptitudes for meaningful volunteer and civic opportunities.

April 16

Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older

Instructor: Rabbi Shyah Katz, KC Kollel
In this “capstone” class, examination of hopes, fears and aspirations. Participants will develop a “spiritual mission statement” for the next chapters of their lives.

April 23

Graduation and Celebration of Program Completion

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