Key Takeaways

  • Successful aging is best determined by active management and self-determination of one’s aging roadmap. 

  • Some individuals are ready to respond to these challenges, others may benefit from assistance that might be offered through an evidence-based intervention. 

  • The Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) has been developed to meet these needs.

NCOA’s Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) has proven effective in a variety of settings and for a wide demographic.

As of May 2018, AMP meets all criteria to qualify as an evidence-based program under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act.

A research study by Lisa Ferretti and Phil McCallion of Temple University was published May 7 in the peer-reviewed journal Healthcare. The study showed specific improvements in physical activity and use of advance care planning. Publication of the study means that AMP now meets the five criteria set by the U.S. Administration for Community Living. In October 2019 researchers at the University of California Los Angeles published a second article in a peer reviewed journal sharing an evaluation of the program with 180 older adults in Los Angeles County.

While the study had mixed results, quasi-experimental analyses in the evaluation found that attending AMP was associated with improvements in mental health.

Community-based organizations can take advantage of this milestone to tap into and leverage additional funding for AMP. Each state has a different process for deciding which programs qualify for funding under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act:

  • In many states, AMP is eligible for III-D funding now that the research has been published.
  • In other states, the State Unit on Aging or Area Agency on Aging will need to review the research and affirm that AMP is eligible for III-D funding.
  • Some states will require that AMP gain official approval by the Administration for Community Living Health Promotion Evidence-based Program Review. In these states, AMP won’t qualify for III-D funding until the program passes the review process.

Because the criteria are less stringent for funding under OAA Title III-E (Caregiver Supports), AMP for Caregivers classes and the Aging Mastery Starter Kits qualify now. AAAs are also using Title III-B funding for the program.

NCOA is ready to help your organization review Title III-B, Title III-D, and Title III-E funding to support AMP. Please call us toll-free at 1-888-256-3779 or contact us with questions.