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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

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. The core curriculum covers ten topics:

Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery
Exercise and You
Sleep
Healthy Eating and Hydration
Financial Fitness
Advance Planning
Healthy Relationships
Medication Management
Community Engagement
Falls Prevention

Classes meet on eleven Mondays, January 3 through March 21, 2022 from 10 am - 12 pm, Montana time. Classes are held virtually using Zoom.

The National Council on Aging requires participants to attend 7 out of the 10 classes listed above to graduate from the program. If you are unable to attend at least 7 out of the 10 classes, please reconsider registering for this program as seats are limited.

Pre-registration is required. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting information will be sent to registered participants prior to the session start date.

While AMP utilizes a number of different guest speakers on various topics, the facilitator is the backbone of the program. 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 generous financial support of this program. AMP is offered at no cost to Montana residents.

Grandmother and granddaughter smiling

The Montana Kinship Navigator Program is a monthly support group for grandparents or other relatives raising grandchildren. The group meets online from September through May. The virtual support group helps relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives by offering ways to cope with specific social and emotional challenges.
Join 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 2022. Participate online at no cost using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. An email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting information 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 at (406) 728-7682

Memory Loss Conversations is an informal, social group for those adjusting to memory loss or dementia. This group provides a safe space to share conversations with people who understand, to experience support and encouragement, and to explore positive ways of living with memory loss. The group is offered Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am. It is facilitated by Patti Holkup of Dementia Friendly Missoula. Participate by telephone or online using Zoom. There is no cost. Come as often as you like.

Senior Planet from AARP red lolo

Senior Planet is a resource for older people online who want to stay engaged with what's now and what's next. Senior Planet from AARP offers a range of engaging content including a wide variety of no-cost online classes. Whether you're interested in fitness and wellness, finance classes or social events, Senior Planet has a wide variety of virtual events designed just for you!

Memory Loss Conversations is an informal, social group for those adjusting to memory loss or dementia. This group provides a safe space to share conversations with people who understand, to experience support and encouragement, and to explore positive ways of living with memory loss. The group is offered Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am. It is facilitated by Patti Holkup of Dementia Friendly Missoula. Participate by telephone or online using Zoom. There is no cost. Come as often as you like.

1st Monday of each Month
Currently Virtual via Zoom

Art in the Moment is a monthly program to promote connection and companionship for individuals living with early-stage memory loss and their care partners through art. Entering its fifth year, the Missoula Art Museum is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association to bring the program to the comfort of your own home on Zoom. This interactive art program will allow participants to engage with others while viewing and creating original works of art with the Missoula Art Museum's education team and professional teaching artist, Bev Glueckert.

No cost to participate. Art supplies will be delivered.

Please register in advance by calling (800)272-3900 or emailing montana@alz.org.

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.

Monday, February 14, 2022
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.

For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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 Lauren Crabtree.
For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

Grandmother and granddaughter smiling

The Montana Kinship Navigator Program is a monthly support group for grandparents or other relatives raising grandchildren. The group meets online from September through May. The virtual support group helps relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives by offering ways to cope with specific social and emotional challenges.
Join 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 2022. Participate online at no cost using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. An email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting information 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 at (406) 728-7682

Senior Planet from AARP red lolo

Senior Planet is a resource for older people online who want to stay engaged with what's now and what's next. Senior Planet from AARP offers a range of engaging content including a wide variety of no-cost online classes. Whether you're interested in fitness and wellness, finance classes or social events, Senior Planet has a wide variety of virtual events designed just for you!

Memory Loss Conversations is an informal, social group for those adjusting to memory loss or dementia. This group provides a safe space to share conversations with people who understand, to experience support and encouragement, and to explore positive ways of living with memory loss. The group is offered Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am. It is facilitated by Patti Holkup of Dementia Friendly Missoula. Participate by telephone or online using Zoom. There is no cost. Come as often as you like.

Monday, March 14, 2022
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.

For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
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 Lauren Crabtree.
For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

Grandmother and granddaughter smiling

The Montana Kinship Navigator Program is a monthly support group for grandparents or other relatives raising grandchildren. The group meets online from September through May. The virtual support group helps relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives by offering ways to cope with specific social and emotional challenges.
Join 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 2022. Participate online at no cost using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. An email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting information 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 at (406) 728-7682

Older woman hugs her mother.

This virtual class series on Zoom is designed to help caregivers look after themselves while caring for a friend or relative.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers® is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help family and community caregivers learn to take better care of themselves and manage their stress while caring for a relative or friend. Research shows that the classes improve self-care behavior, emotion management, and self confidence of caregivers and connect them to more community resources.

This virtual class series will meet six Wednesdays, March 23 to April 27, 2022 from 9:30 -11:30 am, Mountain Time (Montana) on Zoom. Pre-registration is required and is first come, first served. Class size is limited to 12 attendees. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting information will be sent to registered participants prior to the session start date. For more information or assistance registering, contact Missoula Aging Services at (406)728-7682.

This session of Powerful Tools is facilitated by Kelly Moore with Missoula County Extension Office and Lauren Crabtree with Missoula Aging Services in partnership with Ravalli Council on Aging. Special thanks to the Jane S. Heman Foundation and UM-MTGEC for their generous financial support making this class no cost for Montana residents.

To learn about no cost respite care that may be available through Montana Lifespan Respite Program, contact MAS at (406)728-7682 Monday - Friday 8am to 5am. Click here to better understand the Montana Lifespan Respite Voucher Program. There are two forms to complete: 1.) Application for Respite Voucher and 2.) The Modified Caregiver Strain Index. To access the application click here. To access the strain index click here.

This class will not focus on specific diseases or hands-on caregiving for the care receiver. No professional caregivers, please.

Senior Planet from AARP red lolo

Senior Planet is a resource for older people online who want to stay engaged with what's now and what's next. Senior Planet from AARP offers a range of engaging content including a wide variety of no-cost online classes. Whether you're interested in fitness and wellness, finance classes or social events, Senior Planet has a wide variety of virtual events designed just for you!

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. The core curriculum covers ten topics:

Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery
Exercise and You
Sleep
Healthy Eating and Hydration
Financial Fitness
Advance Planning
Healthy Relationships
Medication Management
Community Engagement
Falls Prevention

Classes meet on eleven Mondays, April 4 through June 20, 2022 from 10 am - 12 pm, Montana time. Classes are held virtually using Zoom.

The National Council on Aging requires participants to attend 7 out of the 10 classes listed above to graduate from the program. If you are unable to attend at least 7 out of the 10 classes, please reconsider registering for this program as seats are limited.

Pre-registration is required. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting information will be sent to registered participants prior to the session start date.

While AMP utilizes a number of different guest speakers on various topics, the facilitator is the backbone of the program. 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 generous financial support of this program. AMP is offered at no cost to Montana residents.

Memory Loss Conversations is an informal, social group for those adjusting to memory loss or dementia. This group provides a safe space to share conversations with people who understand, to experience support and encouragement, and to explore positive ways of living with memory loss. The group is offered Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am. It is facilitated by Patti Holkup of Dementia Friendly Missoula. Participate by telephone or online using Zoom. There is no cost. Come as often as you like.

Monday, April 11, 2022
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.

For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

An older man smiling at home.

This 75-minute virtual workshop will inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

April is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) month, an annual initiative to encourage people to express their wishes regarding healthcare. It also encourages providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

This workshop is offered via Zoom on Thursday, April 14 from 10 - 11:15 am MT will encourage participants of all ages to consider, document, and file their advance directives. It will also provide helpful information and resources to identify a proxy, select an Advance Directive (there are many options) and have thoughtful conversations with loved ones, friends, and providers about advance healthcare wishes. The session will include a presentation followed by a Q and A.

Our presenters are Palliative Care Coordinator Brooklyn Crape, RN, and Nicole Pfeifer, FNP with Providence Medical Group Palliative Care Team in Missoula, MT.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The Zoom details to join the session will be emailed once participants have successfully registered. For more information or assistance registering by phone call Missoula Aging Services at (406)728-7682 Monday through Friday from 8 - 5 pm

Tuesday, April 19, 2022
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 Lauren Crabtree.
For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

Grandmother and granddaughter smiling

The Montana Kinship Navigator Program is a monthly support group for grandparents or other relatives raising grandchildren. The group meets online from September through May. The virtual support group helps relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives by offering ways to cope with specific social and emotional challenges.
Join 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 2022. Participate online at no cost using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. An email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting information 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 at (406) 728-7682

Monday, May 9, 2022
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.

For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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 Lauren Crabtree.
For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

In the Spotlight

As we welcome 2022 at Missoula Aging Services, we’d like to share the impact of generous donations that came from the Missoula community and the difference they made during the 2021 holidays.

We like to share a story with you of how Missoula Aging Services helped a family fulfill their promise. When you make a gift, every dollar helps local residents like Les and his family get the support they need to navigate life's changes.