Requirements for Graduation

Complete 20 Volunteer Hours

Volunteering helps members stay engaged and connected with the community. To receive volunteer credit with PSSLife! University, you may complete volunteer work at a PSS center or at a pre-approved organization. If you complete 20 hours of volunteering, you will complete the milestone and receive special recognition.

Complete 50 Exercise Classes

Each PSS center offers regular exercise opportunities. Gain recognition for staying healthy and participating in exercise classes by joining PSSLife! University! If you complete 50 exercise classes, you will complete the milestone and receive a special prize.

Participate in 5 Monthly Challenges

Once per month members are encouraged to compete against one another in an activity that will challenge them mentally or physically. Monthly Challenges are activities that are different from other activities that are offered at the centers. They help develop and sustain skills such as eye-hand coordination, fine-motor skills, agility, balance, memory, teamwork, and more. The winners of each challenge are rewarded with a special prize each month.

Attend at least 7 AMP Classes

The Aging Mastery ProgramĀ® (AMP) core curriculum includes 10 different topics that are offered at least twice within each PSSLife! University year. Each class includes evidence-informed knowledge and shares goal-setting and feedback routines, daily practices, peer support, and small rewards. Classes include expert advice and participants gain knowledge, skills, and tools to manage health, remain economically secure, and actively contribute in society. Members will receive a milestone reward after completing 7 AMP class topics. The AMP core class topics include:

  1. Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery
    • 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, social connectedness, and overall quality of life.
  2. Exercise and You
    • Discussion of the importance of exercising both the mind and the body with a focus on strategies for incorporating meditation, aerobics, strengthening, flexibility, and balance into daily routines.
  3. Sleep
    • Overview of how sleep patterns change as we age, the importance of monitoring the sleep cycle, and simple strategies to improve sleep.
  4. Healthy Eating and Hydration
    • Review of nutrition as it relates to aging with a focus on strategies for incorporating healthy eating and hydration into daily routines.
  5. Financial Fitness
    • 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 families.
  6. Advance Planning
    • 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.
  7. Healthy Relationships
    • 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.
  8. Medication Management
    • Best practices on how to take medications as directed, how to store medications safely, and how to keep track of multiple medications.
  9. Community Engagement
    • Introduction to the value of continuing contribution and small acts of kindness with a focus on identifying personal aptitudes for meaningful volunteer and civic opportunities.
  10. Falls Prevention
    • Overview of the importance of falls prevention among older adults along with strategies to prevent falling.