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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.

March 2021

Virtual Falls Prevention Workshop

The 1-hour Virtual Falls Prevention Workshop will review preventative measures that any person can take to prevent falls. This includes strengthening exercises, home modifications, and strategies to build self-confidence. Falls can be harmful for anyone in the community. They are costly, can cause traumatic or long-term health problems, or even a fatality. Fortunately, falls are also highly preventable! We encourage you to join us for this informative workshop to learn more.

The session will be facilitated by Stephanie Markin, a senior at the University of Montana finishing up her degree in Psychology and minor in Gerontology. She has been engaged in an internship over the fall semester with Missoula Aging Services. Stephanie has 17 years of experience as a Care Partner in a variety of home settings. She plans to continue her education to become an Occupational Therapist.

Participate online 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. Participants will also receive an overview of topics and a list of resources, including a Falls Prevention Checklist. No cost.

For more information or assistance registering call MAS at 406-728-7682. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Diabetes Prevention Program Prevent T2

Missoula City-County Health Department’s Prevent T2 is a CDC-recognized provider of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, equipping participants with the most recent research in healthy lifestyles. With a focus on nutritional education, physical activity guidance, and stress management tools, Prevent T2’s one-year course will provide group support to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Prevent T2 is designed for making and sustaining healthy lifestyle changes, supporting prolonged results and prevention of chronic diseases like type II diabetes. Classes are held weekly for 16 weeks, followed by 4 biweekly sessions, then 6 monthly sessions.

Prevent T2 is covered in full by Missoula City and County health benefit plans and Medicaid insurances. Full scholarships available for those who qualify. If you or someone you know is looking to improve their health and prevent chronic disease, please contact Courtney at 406-258-4935.

Monday, March 8, 2021
4:00 pm5:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver 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.
The group is facilitated by MAS staff Lois Mandelko-Steinberg.

For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver 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 Lois Mandelko-Steinberg.

For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

THIRD WEDNESDAYS AT 12:30 PM
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Montana Kinship Navigator Caregiver Support Group

The Montana Kinship Navigator Program (MTKNP) is a relative caregiver support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children.

The virtual support group will help relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives by offering ways to cope with specific social and emotional challenges. Participate 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 2021. Participate online at no cost using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions 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. (406) 728-7682

Virtual Social Security Workshop

The Virtual Social Security Workshop through Missoula Aging Services is a two-hour session where people learn about their Social Security options in a small, interactive setting that prioritizes time for questions AND answers. The workshop agenda includes:
•Factors to Consider as to When to Start Receiving Benefits
•General Requirements for Retirement Benefits
•Spouse’s Benefits
•Divorced Spouse’s Benefits
•Widow(er)’s / Divorced Widow(er)’s Benefits
•How Work and Earnings Affect Benefits

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 workshop. Relevant Social Security publications will also be provided upon registration.

The workshop is presented by Mary Olson, Volunteer and MAS Social Security Specialist. Mary has 29 years of experience working for the Social Security Administration as a Claims Representative and Technical Expert.

The workshop will not cover Disability Social Security nor will it answer questions about taxes.

Virtual 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 Spring session meets on six Thursdays, March 18th - April 22nd from 3:00-5:00 PM, MDT. Participate online using Zoom. Space is limited. 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. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is offered in partnership with MSU Extension and Ravalli Council on Aging.

No cost for Montana residents thanks to the Jane S. Heman Foundation and UM-MTGEC.

To register click the link below, or call MAS at (406) 728-7682, Monday through Friday from 8 am - 5 pm. Space is limited, register today!

Montana Living Life Well: Chronic Disease Self Management Program

We are excited to tell you about a program to assist people living with chronic health conditions! The Montana Living Life Well workshops empower participants to take an active role in managing their health. Participants of this Stanford-based program have made improvements in their overall health, including increased exercise, improved communication, and reduced symptoms of fatigue, depression, and pain.

Family members of those with long-term health conditions are encouraged to attend.

This six-week class series begins Wednesday, March 31st from 1:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Anyone with a chronic illness or caring for someone with a chronic illness is welcome!

Presented over Zoom by the Partnership Health Center.

There is no cost to attend! For more information or to sign up call Colleen at (406) 258-4168

 

 


Educational Classes

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

  • Join Mary Olson, MAS Resource Center volunteer, for an informative session to learn more about your Social Security options. Mary has 29 years of experience working for the Social Security Administration as a claims representative and technical expert. Topics include: when to start benefits, retirement benefits, spouse’s benefits, divorced spouses benefits, widow/widower benefits, divorced widow/widower benefits and how work and earnings effect your Social Security benefits. This workshop is available virtually at this point.

  • 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.