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Calendar & Classes

Missoula Aging Services offers educational classes and workshops throughout the year.

See below for upcoming events and how to register. To enroll in a class or register for an event call MAS at (406) 728-7682.

February 2023

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Grandmother and granddaughter learning to knit

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 - 1:30pm until May 2023. Participate online at no cost using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. Upon registration, an email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting information will be sent to participants.

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

Montana State University Extension is collaborating with Montana 4-H Foundation and MSU 4-H Center for Youth Development for an eight-part webinar weekly estate/legacy planning series titled Fabulous Fridays through March 3rd.

February 3, 2023:
"Save More Money For Your Heirs By Avoiding Probate"

Learn how you can pass property to your heirs without probate and save your estate money. Montanans can add Payable on Death (POD) designations on their checking and savings accounts and CDs at banks and credit unions. Transfer on Death (TOD) registrations can be added to your stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. A Transfer on Death Deed can be filed on real property to avoid probate. And now Montanans can have a Beneficiary designation on their vehicle and vessel titles. Learn how these designations override a written will.

The series will run from 10 to 11 am with a 15-minute Question and Answer period afterward.

This webinar series will be presented by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Professor. The Montana 4-H Alumni Guest will be Sarah Hamlen, Investment Advisor.

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 and Dementia Friendly Missoula to present the program. This program allows 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.

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.

Montana State University Extension is collaborating with Montana 4-H Foundation and MSU 4-H Center for Youth Development for an eight-part webinar weekly estate/legacy planning series titled Fabulous Fridays through March 3rd.

February 10, 2023
"Revocable and Testamentary Trusts: Which is Better? It Depends!"

Discover situations under which revocable and testamentary trusts can be useful estate planning tools. Explore how special needs trusts can be established for minor children and adults with special needs. Learn about the meaning of the various phrases often used in trusts. Explore family circumstances for which a trust could be most beneficial.

The series will run from 10 to 11 am with a 15-minute Question and Answer period afterward.

This webinar series will be presented by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Professor. The Montana 4-H Alumni Guest will be Rocky Forseth, Allied Genetic Resources.

Monday, February 13, 2023
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.

Older woman online smiling in her home

The New to Medicare Workshop through MAS is offered virtually as a 90-minute session on Zoom! This session provides the basics of Medicare for people turning 65 or those who want to learn how to make the most of Medicare options.
To register online visit https://medicaremas.eventbrite.com or contact Missoula Aging Services at (406) 728-7682. Space is limited. The cost is $20 or 2 for $35. No cost tickets are available for Montanans in need. 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.

The workshop is presented by MAS Resource Specialists who are also 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 MAS for a no-cost New to Medicare phone appointment.

Montana State University Extension is collaborating with Montana 4-H Foundation and MSU 4-H Center for Youth Development for an eight-part webinar weekly estate/legacy planning series titled Fabulous Fridays through March 3rd.

February 17, 2023
What You Can Do With a Will and What You Can't!

Learn when a written will work and when it does not. Become aware of the basic provisions an attorney includes in a will. Learn about a special program that can be used by those 60 and over to write a will at no cost. Learn about the meaning of phrases in wills such as, “right of representation” or “per stirpes.”

The series will run from 10 to 11 am with a 15-minute Question and Answer period afterward.

This webinar series will be presented by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Professor. The Montana 4-H Alumni Guest will be Leslie Burns Boggess, Oregon 4-H Foundation.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
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.

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.

Montana State University Extension is collaborating with Montana 4-H Foundation and MSU 4-H Center for Youth Development for an eight-part webinar weekly estate/legacy planning series titled Fabulous Fridays through March 3rd.

February 24, 2023: "A Living Legacy with a Tax Benefit"

The Montana Endowment Tax Credit is a Treasure State that gem could provide a credit of up to $10,000 annually on your Montana income tax. This is a win-win for Montana taxpayers and Montana charities and nonprofits. Montana is one of just a few states to offer such a credit. Learn about this unique program and how you could benefit. Become aware of the meaning of the stepped-up basis on inherited property and carry-over basis on gifted property and the resulting taxes.

The series will run from 10 to 11 am with a 15-minute Question and Answer period afterward.

This webinar series will be presented by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Professor. The Montana 4-H Alumni Guest will be Carli Neal, 4-H Leader.

 

 


Educational Classes

Missoula Aging Services offers regular class series on a variety of important topics. See below for more details.
 

  • This workshop is available monthly and is for those approaching 65 or newly eligible for Medicare due to a disability. We invite you to learn how you can make the most of your Medicare options! Be informed about important enrollment dates, limited guaranteed issue rights, how to save money on your prescription drugs and protect yourself from late enrollment penalties.

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

  • Aging Mastery is an evidenced-informed virtual 11 class series that encourages individuals to create their own playbook for aging well. Individuals 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.

  • Many great classes and opportunities are available for health education and promotion in Missoula. Please call (406) 728-7682 for more information.