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Caregiver Support Groups

Missoula Aging Services (MAS) offers a variety of resources to empower caregivers.

Support groups and classes offer a safe place to share experiences, advice and practical strategies for managing caregiving responsibilities.
 


Monthly support groups are available in Missoula and the Seeley-Swan Valley. In addition, there are groups specifically for older adults raising children, and for caregivers of adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. You may now participate over the phone or online by using Zoom.

For current support group details, read below or click here to download our support group flier.
 

Missoula Aging Services Caregiver Support Group

This caregiver support group meets on the second Monday of each month at 4 pm virtually on Zoom.

Pre-registration is required. For more information call MAS at (406) 728-7682 or email Lauren Crabtree at Respite@missoulaagingservices.org.
 

Seeley-Swan Caregiver Support Group

This group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 1 pm virtually on Zoom. Meetings start in September. 

Pre-registration is required. For more information, call the Seeley-Swan Resource Center at (406) 541-7688 or email Seeley@missoulaagingservices.org.
 

Montana Kinship Navigator Program - Support Group

This support group is for grandparents and other relatives raising children.

The group meets virtually on the 3rd Wednesday, September - May at 1 pm. For more details, call Missoula County Extension Office at 406-258-4206 or email Kelly Moore at Kmoore@montana.edu. Pre-registration is required.

 


Classes

Missoula Aging Services offers a six session class series for caregivers called Powerful Tools for Caregivers®. This class is usually available twice a year. Check the MAS calendar for the next class date and for other upcoming educational opportunities such as Aging Mastery!
 

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 Fall session meets on six Tuesdays, September 15 to October 20 from 2:30-4:30 PM, MDT. Participate online or by phone using Zoom. 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. Facilitated by Missoula Aging Services staff Laura Degele and MSU Extension Missoula County staff Kelly Moore in partnership with UM-MTGEC.

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


 

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 fall session meets Mondays, September 28 to December 7 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Montana Time. Participate online or by phone 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.

The first class series will be offered at no cost thanks to our partners at AARP Montana. To register click the link below, or call MAS at (406) 728-7682, M-F from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. Pre-registration is required.  Register by clicking here.