Community Press Release – BASC Aging Master Program

BASC Aging Mastery Program

Aging Master Program Offered at the Buchanan Area Senior Center

Submitted by Diana Smuda, BASC Program Coordinator
Buchanan, MI – August 5, 2022

Buchanan Area Senior Center (BASC) will present the Aging Mastery Program® in partnership with Region IV Area Agency on Aging starting September 20th.  

Aging Mastery is a comprehensive and fun approach to living that celebrates the gift of longevity and empowers adults to make and maintain small but impactful changes. The courses help those preparing for retirement in 5-10 years or those already retired, and is open to those aged 55 years and older. The classes will explore such things as: 

  • Financial fitness 
  • Advanced planning 
  • Navigating longer lives 
  • Physical activity 
  • Sleep 
  • Healthy eating and hydration 
  • Medication management 
  • Healthy relationships 
  • Falls prevention 
  • Community engagement 

For each class, the agency provides educational materials developed from highly trusted sources, along with a checklist of next steps, and a system for tracking personal behaviors. This ten-week program was developed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and is offered at over 600 sites throughout the country. Each session is interactive and very informative and led by experts on the topics covered. 

A couple who graduated from the program says, “Even when you think you are perfectly prepared for your later years, the Aging Mastery Program teaches you about ten very important areas of life that will prepare you to get through it all with gratitude.  Make time for all ten classes now – we have found the benefits to be huge!” 

The course is being offered for a nominal fee of $30. Class size is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Diana Smuda at the BASC: or 269-695-7119.

Aging Mastery Program (AMP) logo

* Buchanan Area Senior Center (BASC) is a community focal point on aging, where area older adults gather for services, programs and activities that reflect their experiences and skills, respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence and encourage their involvement with this senior community center and the larger community. BASC is a non-profit organization serving older adults in Buchanan and the surrounding areas of Berrien County. The mission of Buchanan Area Senior Center is to promote physical, social, and mental well-being. 

* Region IV Area Agency on Aging is a non-profit organization offering comprehensive and coordinated services to assist older persons and other vulnerable adults in maintaining independence in their homes and communities. 

* The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. You can learn more online at and @NCOAging.

About Buchanan Area Senior Center: Buchanan Area Senior Center provides a complete facility, a friendly and efficient staff, and active volunteers that enhance the quality of life of seniors in our community. We offer programs and services designed to promote physical, social, and mental well-being, including exercise, recreation, and crafts, as well as Senior Nutrition Services, food commodities, and a Senior Community Garden., Diana Smuda – Program Coordinator, Adam Burck – Executive Director

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