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Missoula Aging Services promotes the independence, dignity and health of older adults and those who care for them.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
1:00 pm5:00 pm
https://www.shiptacenter.org/

Learn about signing up for Medicare!

This fair is for people turning 65 or joining Medicare because of a disability. Learn about Medicare and all its parts. This Virtual Medicare Fair will assist you in your initial enrollment decisions. There is no cost to attend. Join us online for any length of time!

Get trusted, unbiased Medicare education to help you make Medicare choices that best meet your needs.

There will be national expert presenters on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, and coverage options. Chat with exhibitors from your state health insurance assistance programs (SHIP) for answers to your individual questions.

The Montana State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is available at the area Agencies on Aging and can be reached by calling 1(800) 551-3191.

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, Medicaid and Medicare. 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.

Aging Mastery is an evidence-informed 11 part class that encourages individuals age 55+ to create their own playbook for aging well. Participants set goals for positive actions in many aspects of their lives such as exercise, nutrition, finances, advance care planning, community engagement, and healthy relationships. Central to the Aging Mastery philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results so people can be empowered to cultivate health and longevity.

Classes meet on eleven Mondays, July 12 through September 27, 2021, from 10 am-12 pm, MDT. 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. Teresa Sacks, MAS's Aging Mastery Program Facilitator, presents the program.

Special thanks to the Jane S. Heman Foundation for their generous financial support of this class. There is no cost to Montana residents who graduate from the class. Register online or call MAS at (406) 728-7682, M-F from 8 am - 5 pm. Pre-registration is required.

Monday, July 12, 2021
4:00 pm5:00 pm
Virtual 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. An 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.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
10:00 am11:00 am
A Series of One Hour Estate Planning Webinars

Wednesday Wisdom will run from 10 to 11 a.m. monthly through July, and will be presented by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist and professor at MSU.

Montana State University Extension will collaborate with AARP Montana for a four-part webinar estate planning series starting in April and running through July.

The series, titled Wednesday Wisdom, will run from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays on April 14, May 12, June 9, and July 14 and will be presented by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist and professor at MSU.

Goetting said that, for some Montanans, estate planning can be one of the most important and confusing decisions they make in their lives. It raises questions of personal legacy and how to assure the right people receive one’s property after death.

Over the past seven years, Goetting has presented more than 500 educational sessions that have reached more than 15,000 Montanans with financial and estate planning information. She has received state, regional and national awards for her programs and has authored 44 MontGuide fact sheets that cover estate planning topics.

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. The workshop agenda includes:
•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
•How Work and Earnings Affect Benefits

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. Relevant Social Security publications will also be provided upon registration.

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.

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

The Virtual New to Medicare Workshop through Missoula Aging Services is a 90-minute session where people learn how to make the most of their Medicare options. It's important to get local information because Medicare options vary by state, and even by county. The workshop agenda includes:

-Important enrollment dates
-Limited guaranteed issue rights
-How to save money on prescription drugs
-How to prevent late enrollment penalties
-Options to help pay for Medicare costs for people with a limited income
-Choosing between Medicare A & B and a Part D Prescription Drug Plan, a Medicare Supplement, or a Medicare Advantage Plan

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 session date. After completion of the workshop, relevant Medicare publications will be provided. An opportunity to participate in a no-cost phone appointment with a MAS Resource Specialist to further discuss benefit options will also be offered after the workshop.

MAS is the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) that the community can count on for information that is unbiased. The workshop is presented by Kathy Kimmet and Megan Fournier, Resource Specialists at MAS and trained SHIP Counselors.

The workshop will not cover SSDI nor will it answer questions about taxes. If you are on SSDI and starting Medicare, call Missoula Aging Services for a no-cost New to Medicare phone appointment.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual 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. An 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.

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, Medicaid and Medicare. 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, August 9, 2021
4:00 pm5:00 pm
Virtual 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. An 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.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual 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. An 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.

The Virtual New to Medicare Workshop through Missoula Aging Services is a 90-minute session where people learn how to make the most of their Medicare options. It's important to get local information because Medicare options vary by state, and even by county. The workshop agenda includes:

-Important enrollment dates
-Limited guaranteed issue rights
-How to save money on prescription drugs
-How to prevent late enrollment penalties
-Options to help pay for Medicare costs for people with a limited income
-Choosing between Medicare A & B and a Part D Prescription Drug Plan, a Medicare Supplement, or a Medicare Advantage Plan

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 session date. After completion of the workshop, relevant Medicare publications will be provided. An opportunity to participate in a no-cost phone appointment with a MAS Resource Specialist to further discuss benefit options will also be offered after the workshop.

MAS is the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) that the community can count on for information that is unbiased. The workshop is presented by Kathy Kimmet and Megan Fournier, Resource Specialists at MAS and trained SHIP Counselors.

The workshop will not cover SSDI nor will it answer questions about taxes. If you are on SSDI and starting Medicare, call Missoula Aging Services for a no-cost New to Medicare phone appointment.

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, Medicaid and Medicare. 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, September 13, 2021
4:00 pm5:00 pm
Virtual 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. An 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.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
11:30 am1:30 pm

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. The workshop agenda includes:
•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
•How Work and Earnings Affect Benefits

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. Relevant Social Security publications will also be provided upon registration.

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.

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

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual 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. An 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.

The Virtual New to Medicare Workshop through Missoula Aging Services is a 90-minute session where people learn how to make the most of their Medicare options. It's important to get local information because Medicare options vary by state, and even by county. The workshop agenda includes:

-Important enrollment dates
-Limited guaranteed issue rights
-How to save money on prescription drugs
-How to prevent late enrollment penalties
-Options to help pay for Medicare costs for people with a limited income
-Choosing between Medicare A & B and a Part D Prescription Drug Plan, a Medicare Supplement, or a Medicare Advantage Plan

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 session date. After completion of the workshop, relevant Medicare publications will be provided. An opportunity to participate in a no-cost phone appointment with a MAS Resource Specialist to further discuss benefit options will also be offered after the workshop.

MAS is the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) that the community can count on for information that is unbiased. The workshop is presented by Kathy Kimmet and Megan Fournier, Resource Specialists at MAS and trained SHIP Counselors.

The workshop will not cover SSDI nor will it answer questions about taxes. If you are on SSDI and starting Medicare, call Missoula Aging Services for a no-cost New to Medicare phone appointment.

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, Medicaid and Medicare. 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, October 11, 2021
4:00 pm5:00 pm
Virtual 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. An 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.

The Virtual New to Medicare Workshop through Missoula Aging Services is a 90-minute session where people learn how to make the most of their Medicare options. It's important to get local information because Medicare options vary by state, and even by county. The workshop agenda includes:

-Important enrollment dates
-Limited guaranteed issue rights
-How to save money on prescription drugs
-How to prevent late enrollment penalties
-Options to help pay for Medicare costs for people with a limited income
-Choosing between Medicare A & B and a Part D Prescription Drug Plan, a Medicare Supplement, or a Medicare Advantage Plan

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 session date. After completion of the workshop, relevant Medicare publications will be provided. An opportunity to participate in a no-cost phone appointment with a MAS Resource Specialist to further discuss benefit options will also be offered after the workshop.

MAS is the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) that the community can count on for information that is unbiased. The workshop is presented by Kathy Kimmet and Megan Fournier, Resource Specialists at MAS and trained SHIP Counselors.

The workshop will not cover SSDI nor will it answer questions about taxes. If you are on SSDI and starting Medicare, call Missoula Aging Services for a no-cost New to Medicare phone appointment.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual 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. An 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.

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, Medicaid and Medicare. 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, November 8, 2021
4:00 pm5:00 pm
Virtual 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. An 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.

The Virtual New to Medicare Workshop through Missoula Aging Services is a 90-minute session where people learn how to make the most of their Medicare options. It's important to get local information because Medicare options vary by state, and even by county. The workshop agenda includes:

-Important enrollment dates
-Limited guaranteed issue rights
-How to save money on prescription drugs
-How to prevent late enrollment penalties
-Options to help pay for Medicare costs for people with a limited income
-Choosing between Medicare A & B and a Part D Prescription Drug Plan, a Medicare Supplement, or a Medicare Advantage Plan

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 session date. After completion of the workshop, relevant Medicare publications will be provided. An opportunity to participate in a no-cost phone appointment with a MAS Resource Specialist to further discuss benefit options will also be offered after the workshop.

MAS is the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) that the community can count on for information that is unbiased. The workshop is presented by Kathy Kimmet and Megan Fournier, Resource Specialists at MAS and trained SHIP Counselors.

The workshop will not cover SSDI nor will it answer questions about taxes. If you are on SSDI and starting Medicare, call Missoula Aging Services for a no-cost New to Medicare phone appointment.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual 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. An 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

Because of her incredible passion and commitment to older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers, Susan served for 33 years as the CEO of Missoula Aging Services. The Governing Board has initiated a search for a new CEO, and Susan will continue to serve as the CEO until a successor has been named.

Foster Grandparents are placed with local schools and assist teachers by providing extra support to students. They help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring and guide children at a critical time in their lives.