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By Lisa Sheppard, CEO Missoula Aging Services

You can help MAS and Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) better understand the needs and priorities of older Montanans.

DPHHS is partnering with MAS and aging organizations across the state to conduct a survey of older adults to learn how best to meet their needs.

DPHHS's director Adam Meier said, "I encourage all Montanans 55 and older to participate in the survey. We'd really like to hear from as many people as possible so we can better serve all Montanans."

The survey includes questions about quality of life, important community characteristics, services provided and priorities for the future.

The Community Assessment survey is open to all Montanans age 55 and older until June 8th.

To participate online, go to

A paper copy can be requested by contacting MAS at (406) 728-7682 or emailing Kerrie Reidelbach at

The survey takes 15-30 minutes to complete and will be available until June 8.

Results are expected to be available on the DPHHS website in August and will be presented at the annual Governor’s Conference on Aging in early October.

Thank you for helping MAS and DPHHS better understand the needs of our community and how we can help older adults continue living independently for as long as possible. If you have any questions about the survey, feel free to contact MAS at (406) 728-7682.