Virtual Support Groups
Missoula Aging Services (MAS) offers a variety of resources to empower caregivers and older adults.
Support groups and classes offer a safe place to share experiences, advice and practical strategies for managing caregiving responsibilities. Join in person at MAS or from the comforts of home via Zoom. Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are always welcome.
There are support groups specifically for relatives raising children, family caregivers, and those experiencing memory loss. Participants meet online by using Zoom.
For current support group details, read below or click here to download the caregiver support group flyer.
Caregiver Support Groups
All caregivers are welcome to attend MAS Caregiver Support Groups, including those caring for someone living with dementia.
Two monthly support groups are available virtually for caregivers. Caregivers may participate over the phone or online using Zoom. Pre-registration is required.
For more information, call MAS at (406) 728-7682.
A new in-person caregiver support group is available for caregivers:
Attend in-person Missoula Aging Services, 337 Stephens Avenue on fourth Thursdays from 2-3 pm. Simply check in at the front desk upon arrival.
Montana Kinship Navigator Program - Support Group
The Montana Kinship Navigator Program (MTKNP) is a relative caregiver support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children.
The group meets virtually on the 3rd Wednesdays through May 2023 from 12:30 to 1:30 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. Click here to register.
Memory Loss Conversations - A Support Group
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 every Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 am. It is facilitated by Patti Holkup of Dementia Friendly Missoula. Participate by telephone or online using Zoom, at no cost. Come as often as you like. Click here to register.
Missoula Aging Services offers a six-session class series for caregivers called Powerful Tools for Caregivers®. Check the MAS calendar for the next class date and for other upcoming educational opportunities such as the Aging Mastery Program!
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.
Participate online or by phone using Zoom. Pre-registration is required. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the class.
Aging Mastery Program
Aging Mastery is an evidence-informed 11-session 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.
Participate online or by phone 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 Aging Mastery Program Facilitator, presents the program.