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Upcoming Events & Classes

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
10:00 am10:45 am
A Series of 45-Minute Estate and Legacy Planning Webinars
Tuesday Tips: Estate & Legacy Planning

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC recommendations to practice social distancing, MSU Extension colleagues Marsha Goetting and Emily Standley are offering an estate and legacy planning webinar series in 2021. The topics for 2021 were chosen by last year’s participants.

The series will be offered every Tuesday in January and February starting on January 5th. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and watch from 10:00 – 10: 45 AM. A 15-minute Question and Answer Session will be held until 11:00 AM.

Pre-registered participants are able to join by phone, or using WebEx.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver Support Group

Social distancing can contribute to feelings of isolation and loneliness. This is true for family caregivers and the loved ones they support. The Virtual Caregiver Support Group offers a safe place for caregivers to share experiences, advice and practical strategies for managing caregiver responsibilities. All caregivers welcome, including dementia caregivers. The event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from 1-2 PM, Montana time. Participate online or by phone at no cost, using ZOOM. Space is limited; sign up for one or more sessions by Wednesday the week before. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the event. The group is facilitated by MAS staff Lois Mandelko-Steinberg. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

THIRD WEDNESDAYS AT 12:30 PM
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Montana Kinship Navigator Caregiver Support Group

The Montana Kinship Navigator Program (MTKNP) is a relative caregiver support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children.

The virtual support group will help relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives by offering ways to cope with specific social and emotional challenges. Participate for peer support, education and connection to community resources. The support group takes place on the 3rd Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 pm until May 2021. Participate online at no cost using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to participants upon registration. The group is facilitated by MSU Extension Missoula County Staff Kelly Moore. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services. (406) 728-7682

Registration Open!
Online Workshop
Virtual Social Security Workshop

The Virtual Social Security Workshop through Missoula Aging Services is a two-hour session where people learn about their Social Security options in a small, interactive setting that prioritizes time for questions AND answers.
Topics include: Factors to Consider as to When to Start Receiving Benefits, General Requirements for Retirement Benefits, Spouse’s Benefits, Divorced Spouse’s Benefits, Widow(er)’s / Divorced Widow(er)’s Benefits and How Work and Earnings Affect Benefits.

The workshop is presented by Mary Olson, Volunteer and MAS Social Security Specialist. Mary has 29 years of experience working for the Social Security Administration as a Claims Representative and Technical Expert.

Participate online using Zoom. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and is first come, first served. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the workshop.

The cost is $10, or $15 for two people. No cost and reduced cost ticket options are available.

For more information or assistance registering, please contact Missoula Aging Services at (406) 728-7682.

The workshop will not cover Disability Social Security nor will it answer questions about taxes.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
10:00 am10:45 am
A Series of 45-Minute Estate and Legacy Planning Webinars
Tuesday Tips: Long-Term Care Costs

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC recommendations to practice social distancing, MSU Extension colleagues Marsha Goetting and Emily Standley are offering an estate and legacy planning webinar series in 2021. The topics for 2021 were chosen by last year’s participants.

The series will be offered every Tuesday in January and February starting on January 5th. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and watch from 10:00 – 10: 45 AM. A 15-minute Question and Answer Session will be held until 11:00 AM.

Pre-registered participants are able to join by phone, or using WebEx.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
10:00 am10:45 am
A Series of 45-Minute Estate and Legacy Planning Webinars
Tuesday Tips: Powers of Attorney

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC recommendations to practice social distancing, MSU Extension colleagues Marsha Goetting and Emily Standley are offering an estate and legacy planning webinar series in 2021. The topics for 2021 were chosen by last year’s participants.

The series will be offered every Tuesday in January and February starting on January 5th. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and watch from 10:00 – 10: 45 AM. A 15-minute Question and Answer Session will be held until 11:00 AM.

Pre-registered participants are able to join by phone, or using WebEx.

Virtual Falls Prevention Workshop

The 1-hour Virtual Falls Prevention Workshop will review preventative measures that any person can take to prevent falls. This includes strengthening exercises, home modifications, and strategies to build self-confidence. Falls can be harmful for anyone in the community. They are costly, can cause traumatic or long-term health problems, or even a fatality. Fortunately, falls are also highly preventable! We encourage you to join us for this informative workshop to learn more.

The session will be facilitated by Stephanie Markin, a senior at the University of Montana finishing up her degree in Psychology and minor in Gerontology. She has been engaged in an internship over the fall semester with Missoula Aging Services. Stephanie has 17 years of experience as a Care Partner in a variety of home settings. She plans to continue her education to become an Occupational Therapist.

Participate online using Zoom. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password, and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the class. Participants will also receive an overview of topics and a list of resources, including a Falls Prevention Checklist. No cost.

For more information or assistance registering call MAS at 406-728-7682. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Diabetes Prevention Program Prevent T2

Missoula City-County Health Department’s Prevent T2 is a CDC-recognized provider of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, equipping participants with the most recent research in healthy lifestyles. With a focus on nutritional education, physical activity guidance, and stress management tools, Prevent T2’s one-year course will provide group support to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Prevent T2 is designed for making and sustaining healthy lifestyle changes, supporting prolonged results and prevention of chronic diseases like type II diabetes. Classes are held weekly for 16 weeks, followed by 4 biweekly sessions, then 6 monthly sessions.

Prevent T2 is covered in full by Missoula City and County health benefit plans and Medicaid insurances. Full scholarships available for those who qualify. If you or someone you know is looking to improve their health and prevent chronic disease, please contact Courtney at 406-258-4935.

Monday, February 8, 2021
4:00 pm5:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver Support Group

Social distancing can contribute to feelings of isolation and loneliness. This is true for family caregivers and the loved ones they support. The Virtual Caregiver Support Group offers a safe place for caregivers to share experiences, advice and practical strategies for managing caregiver responsibilities. All caregivers welcome, including dementia caregivers.
The event takes place on the second Monday of each month from 4-5 PM, MDT. Participate online or by phone at no cost, using ZOOM. Space is limited; sign up for one or more sessions by Wednesday the week before. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting ID, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the event.
The group is facilitated by MAS staff Laura Degele. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
10:00 am10:45 am
A Series of 45-Minute Estate and Legacy Planning Webinars
Tuesday Tips: Letters of Last Instruction

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC recommendations to practice social distancing, MSU Extension colleagues Marsha Goetting and Emily Standley are offering an estate and legacy planning webinar series in 2021. The topics for 2021 were chosen by last year’s participants.

The series will be offered every Tuesday in January and February starting on January 5th. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and watch from 10:00 – 10: 45 AM. A 15-minute Question and Answer Session will be held until 11:00 AM.

Pre-registered participants are able to join by phone, or using WebEx.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Missoula Public Library's Memory Cafe

Join the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula for an exploration of the things that made home life easier through the past 100 years. We'll look at artifacts that are fanciful, and others that are familiar, from the Historical Museum's collections.

This program will be held online starting at 2pm on February 10th, and prior registration is required. Zoom software is also required to attend this online program.

To register or if you need help downloading Zoom, email amandaa@misssoula.lib.mt.us with Memory Café in the subject line.

To view past recorded sessions of Memory Café visit https://bit.ly/3lnpKES.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
10:00 am10:45 am
A Series of 45-Minute Estate and Legacy Planning Webinars
Tuesday Tips: Using Trusts as Estate Planning Tools

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC recommendations to practice social distancing, MSU Extension colleagues Marsha Goetting and Emily Standley are offering an estate and legacy planning webinar series in 2021. The topics for 2021 were chosen by last year’s participants.

The series will be offered every Tuesday in January and February starting on January 5th. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and watch from 10:00 – 10: 45 AM. A 15-minute Question and Answer Session will be held until 11:00 AM.

Pre-registered participants are able to join by phone, or using WebEx.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver Support Group

Social distancing can contribute to feelings of isolation and loneliness. This is true for family caregivers and the loved ones they support. The Virtual Caregiver Support Group offers a safe place for caregivers to share experiences, advice and practical strategies for managing caregiver responsibilities. All caregivers welcome, including dementia caregivers. The event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from 1-2 PM, Montana time. Participate online or by phone at no cost, using ZOOM. Space is limited; sign up for one or more sessions by Wednesday the week before. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the event. The group is facilitated by MAS staff Lois Mandelko-Steinberg. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

THIRD WEDNESDAYS AT 12:30 PM
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Montana Kinship Navigator Caregiver Support Group

The Montana Kinship Navigator Program (MTKNP) is a relative caregiver support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children.

The virtual support group will help relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives by offering ways to cope with specific social and emotional challenges. Participate for peer support, education and connection to community resources. The support group takes place on the 3rd Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 pm until May 2021. Participate online at no cost using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to participants upon registration. The group is facilitated by MSU Extension Missoula County Staff Kelly Moore. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services. (406) 728-7682

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
10:00 am10:45 am
A Series of 45-Minute Estate and Legacy Planning Webinars
Tuesday Tips: Probate in Montana

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC recommendations to practice social distancing, MSU Extension colleagues Marsha Goetting and Emily Standley are offering an estate and legacy planning webinar series in 2021. The topics for 2021 were chosen by last year’s participants.

The series will be offered every Tuesday in January and February starting on January 5th. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and watch from 10:00 – 10: 45 AM. A 15-minute Question and Answer Session will be held until 11:00 AM.

Pre-registered participants are able to join by phone, or using WebEx.

Virtual Falls Prevention Workshop

The 1-hour Virtual Falls Prevention Workshop will review preventative measures that any person can take to prevent falls. This includes strengthening exercises, home modifications, and strategies to build self-confidence. Falls can be harmful for anyone in the community. They are costly, can cause traumatic or long-term health problems, or even a fatality. Fortunately, falls are also highly preventable! We encourage you to join us for this informative workshop to learn more.

The session will be facilitated by Stephanie Markin, a senior at the University of Montana finishing up her degree in Psychology and minor in Gerontology. She has been engaged in an internship over the fall semester with Missoula Aging Services. Stephanie has 17 years of experience as a Care Partner in a variety of home settings. She plans to continue her education to become an Occupational Therapist.

Participate online using Zoom. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password, and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the class. Participants will also receive an overview of topics and a list of resources, including a Falls Prevention Checklist. No cost.

For more information or assistance registering call MAS at 406-728-7682. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Diabetes Prevention Program Prevent T2

Missoula City-County Health Department’s Prevent T2 is a CDC-recognized provider of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, equipping participants with the most recent research in healthy lifestyles. With a focus on nutritional education, physical activity guidance, and stress management tools, Prevent T2’s one-year course will provide group support to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Prevent T2 is designed for making and sustaining healthy lifestyle changes, supporting prolonged results and prevention of chronic diseases like type II diabetes. Classes are held weekly for 16 weeks, followed by 4 biweekly sessions, then 6 monthly sessions.

Prevent T2 is covered in full by Missoula City and County health benefit plans and Medicaid insurances. Full scholarships available for those who qualify. If you or someone you know is looking to improve their health and prevent chronic disease, please contact Courtney at 406-258-4935.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver Support Group

Social distancing can contribute to feelings of isolation and loneliness. This is true for family caregivers and the loved ones they support. The Virtual Caregiver Support Group offers a safe place for caregivers to share experiences, advice and practical strategies for managing caregiver responsibilities. All caregivers welcome, including dementia caregivers. The event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from 1-2 PM, Montana time. Participate online or by phone at no cost, using ZOOM. Space is limited; sign up for one or more sessions by Wednesday the week before. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the event. The group is facilitated by MAS staff Lois Mandelko-Steinberg. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

THIRD WEDNESDAYS AT 12:30 PM
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Montana Kinship Navigator Caregiver Support Group

The Montana Kinship Navigator Program (MTKNP) is a relative caregiver support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children.

The virtual support group will help relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives by offering ways to cope with specific social and emotional challenges. Participate for peer support, education and connection to community resources. The support group takes place on the 3rd Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 pm until May 2021. Participate online at no cost using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to participants upon registration. The group is facilitated by MSU Extension Missoula County Staff Kelly Moore. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services. (406) 728-7682

Aging Mastery Program

The Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) is a comprehensive and fun approach to aging well that encourages adults age 55+ to take actions to enhance their health, financial well-being, social connectedness, and overall quality of life. Central to the AMP philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results and that people can be empowered and supported to cultivate health and longevity.

Classes meet on eleven Mondays, April 5 through June 21 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Montana time. No class on May 31. Participate online using Zoom. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and is first-come, first-served. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password, and instructions will be sent to registered participants prior to the class starting date.

Teresa Sacks, AMP Facilitator at MAS, presents the program. For more information or help registering, contact Missoula Aging Services at (406) 728-7682.

Special thanks to the Jane S. Heman Foundation for their financial support of this class.

Diabetes Prevention Program Prevent T2

Missoula City-County Health Department’s Prevent T2 is a CDC-recognized provider of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, equipping participants with the most recent research in healthy lifestyles. With a focus on nutritional education, physical activity guidance, and stress management tools, Prevent T2’s one-year course will provide group support to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Prevent T2 is designed for making and sustaining healthy lifestyle changes, supporting prolonged results and prevention of chronic diseases like type II diabetes. Classes are held weekly for 16 weeks, followed by 4 biweekly sessions, then 6 monthly sessions.

Prevent T2 is covered in full by Missoula City and County health benefit plans and Medicaid insurances. Full scholarships available for those who qualify. If you or someone you know is looking to improve their health and prevent chronic disease, please contact Courtney at 406-258-4935.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver Support Group

Social distancing can contribute to feelings of isolation and loneliness. This is true for family caregivers and the loved ones they support. The Virtual Caregiver Support Group offers a safe place for caregivers to share experiences, advice and practical strategies for managing caregiver responsibilities. All caregivers welcome, including dementia caregivers. The event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from 1-2 PM, Montana time. Participate online or by phone at no cost, using ZOOM. Space is limited; sign up for one or more sessions by Wednesday the week before. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the event. The group is facilitated by MAS staff Lois Mandelko-Steinberg. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

THIRD WEDNESDAYS AT 12:30 PM
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Montana Kinship Navigator Caregiver Support Group

The Montana Kinship Navigator Program (MTKNP) is a relative caregiver support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children.

The virtual support group will help relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives by offering ways to cope with specific social and emotional challenges. Participate for peer support, education and connection to community resources. The support group takes place on the 3rd Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 pm until May 2021. Participate online at no cost using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to participants upon registration. The group is facilitated by MSU Extension Missoula County Staff Kelly Moore. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services. (406) 728-7682

Diabetes Prevention Program Prevent T2

Missoula City-County Health Department’s Prevent T2 is a CDC-recognized provider of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, equipping participants with the most recent research in healthy lifestyles. With a focus on nutritional education, physical activity guidance, and stress management tools, Prevent T2’s one-year course will provide group support to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Prevent T2 is designed for making and sustaining healthy lifestyle changes, supporting prolonged results and prevention of chronic diseases like type II diabetes. Classes are held weekly for 16 weeks, followed by 4 biweekly sessions, then 6 monthly sessions.

Prevent T2 is covered in full by Missoula City and County health benefit plans and Medicaid insurances. Full scholarships available for those who qualify. If you or someone you know is looking to improve their health and prevent chronic disease, please contact Courtney at 406-258-4935.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver Support Group

Social distancing can contribute to feelings of isolation and loneliness. This is true for family caregivers and the loved ones they support. The Virtual Caregiver Support Group offers a safe place for caregivers to share experiences, advice and practical strategies for managing caregiver responsibilities. All caregivers welcome, including dementia caregivers. The event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from 1-2 PM, Montana time. Participate online or by phone at no cost, using ZOOM. Space is limited; sign up for one or more sessions by Wednesday the week before. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the event. The group is facilitated by MAS staff Lois Mandelko-Steinberg. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

In the Spotlight With Gratitude and Appreciation

Lifelong Connections aims to train 100 older adults in Missoula County on how to use technology in order to access telehealth, reduce social isolation, continue to volunteer, and to be able to take advantage of the services available online. The program trains volunteers while also providing tablets and data to older adults who may not have access to technology.

With a heavy heart, Missoula Aging Services acknowledges the passing of our governing board chair and friend Larry Riley.

Your guidance, empathy and humor will be missed, your generosity never forgotten.