The National Council on Aging has selected JFCS of the Suncoast to offer a 12 session Jewish focused Aging Mastery Program (AMP).  AMP is a comprehensive and fun approach to embracing longevity that combines education, wellness, interactive activity, and peer support to help older adults make meaningful and positive changes as they age. The 10 session AMP program has been presented across the country and in the Sarasota Manatee area to very positive reviews. The core curriculum addresses topics such as Advance Planning, Financial Wellness, Community Engagement, Healthy Eating and Exercise, and How to Navigate a Longer Life.

The Jewish AMP has two additional sessions developed by Rabbis Richard Address and Dayle Friedman which will combine the science and art of aging well with Jewish spirituality and wisdom.

A grant from The Patterson Foundation supports this new program

JFCS President /CEO Rose Chapman, LCSW stated, “JFCS is honored to be one of 8 pioneer sites selected to offer this exciting new program!” 

Key speakers who will facilitate the JAMP sessions:

  • Rabbi Brenner Glickman of Temple Emanu-El
  • Jennifer Singer, Director of the JFCS Jewish  Healing Program
  • Brian Mariash , CIMA
  • Dr. Nancy Schlossberg noted author and educator
  • Ira W. Wiesner, ESQ, Advocates in Aging.

NCOA’s evaluations from existing courses indicate that at least 80% of participants reported improved  overall wellbeing and appreciated  the  opportunity develop their  “own personal  pathways”.  Incentives and engaging activities, including a graduation, further enhance the AMP experience.

The course is scheduled for Thursday mornings at the JFCS main campus at 2688 Fruitville Road to begin on November 3rd. Cost for the full course is $100 and space is limited to 25 participants. Please call or e-mail Pamela Baron, Director of Senior Services at 366-2224 ext. 112 or pbaron@jfcs-cares.org