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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

Virtual Program: Missoula Art Museum's Art in the Moment

This no cost, hour-long virtual program provides a comforting art-engagement experience for those in the early stages of dementia and their caregivers. Art in the Moment creates a dementia-friendly art community and provides an opportunity for caregivers and those with dementia to interact with art on display at the Missoula Art Museum (MAM) and learn together in a relaxed environment. This session will focus on the exhibit Kristi Hager: Equal: A Work in Progress.

Pre-recorded and led by MAM’s education staff and Teaching Artist, Bev Beck Glueckert, participants view artwork on display in the galleries and will give instructions and a simple supply list for creating a related original artwork. To participate visit the link below on December 7 at 2 PM and scroll to the event. No registration required – just tune in or watch when it is convenient for you!

Image credit: Kristi Hager, RBG, copyright the artist, photo courtesy of Tessa Nadeau, ABC FOX Montana.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
2:00 pm3:00 pm
Missoula Community Chorus
Missoula Public Library's Memory Cafe

Special musical guests from the Missoula Community Chorus have recorded a selection of holiday music to perform for our Memory Café audience. Get in the spirit of the holidays and sit back with a cup of hot chocolate to enjoy this special performance!

A safe, welcoming, and supportive space for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers and family members.

Monday, December 14, 2020
11:30 am1:30 pm
Online Workshop
Virtual Social Security Workshop

Join Mary Olson, MAS Resource Center volunteer, on Zoom for an informative session to learn more about your Social Security options. Mary has 29 years of experience working for the Social Security Administration as a claims representative and technical expert.

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.

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

For more information or assistance registering call MAS at 406-728-7682.

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

Monday, December 14, 2020
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, December 15, 2020
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

Virtual Aging Mastery Program

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.

The winter session meets Mondays, January 4th through March 22, 2021 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Montana Time. Participate online using Zoom. A 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.

One for $65 or two for $120. No cost and reduced cost ticket options available. Register online or call MAS at (406) 728-7682, M-F from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Pre-registration is required.

Monday, January 11, 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.

Thursdays, 1/14 to 2/18 from 2-4pm
Participate online using Zoom
Virtual Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help family and community caregivers. This six session class series will help participants learn to take better care of themselves and manage their stress while caring for a relative or friend.

The Winter session meets on six Thursdays, January 14th -February 18 from 2:00-4:00 PM, MDT. Participate online using Zoom. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. A email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the class. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is offered in partnership with MSU Extension and UM-MTGEC.

The cost is $30, or $50 for two people. No cost and reduced cost ticket options available. To register click the link below, or call MAS at (406) 728-7682, Monday through Friday from 8 am - 5 pm. Space is limited, register today!

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.

In the Spotlight With Gratitude and Appreciation

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.

We count MAS volunteers as one of the many things to be thankful for this year. On that note, we’d like to highlight one of our outstanding volunteers as she receives a prestigious award honoring her service.