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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.

October 2022

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The Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) is a comprehensive and fun approach to aging well that encourages adults age 55+ to take actions to enhance their health, financial well-being, social connectedness, and overall quality of life. Central to the AMP philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results and that people can be empowered and supported to cultivate health and longevity. The core curriculum covers ten topics:

Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery
Exercise and You
Sleep
Healthy Eating and Hydration
Financial Fitness
Advance Planning
Healthy Relationships
Medication Management
Community Engagement
Falls Prevention

Classes meet on eleven Mondays, September 19 to December 5, 2022, from 10 am - 12 pm, Montana time. Classes are meeting in person at the Missoula Public Library AND virtually using Zoom. The Missoula Public Library is closed on Monday, October 10th in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day. Therefore, this class will be held entirely on Zoom.

The National Council on Aging requires participants to attend 7 out of the 10 classes listed above to graduate from the program. If you are unable to attend at least 7 out of the 10 classes, please reconsider registering for this program as seats are limited.

Pre-registration is required.

While AMP utilizes a number of different guest speakers on various topics, the facilitator is the backbone of the program. Teresa Sacks, AMP Facilitator at MAS, presents the program. For more information or help registering, contact Missoula Aging Services at (406) 728-7682.

Please note: If you register, confirm your participation, receive an AMP Core Curriculum kit, and then decide to drop the program, you will be required to either return the kit to Missoula Aging Services (MAS) -or- if you choose to keep the course materials, reimburse MAS for the cost of the materials (est. $60.00 to $65.56 depending on shipping and handling).

Special thanks to the Jane S. Heman Foundation for their generous financial support of this program. AMP is offered at no cost to Montana residents.

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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

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 sixth year, the Missoula Art Museum is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association to provide the program in person. This interactive art program will allow participants to engage with others while viewing and creating original works of art with the Missoula Art Museum's Curator of Education, Kay Grissom-Kiely and professional teaching artist, Bev Beck Glueckert.

No cost to participate. Please register in advance by calling (406)252-3053 or emailing montana@alz.org.

Older woman hugs her mother.

This virtual class series on Zoom is designed to help caregivers look after themselves while caring for a friend or relative.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers® is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help family and community caregivers learn to take better care of themselves and manage their stress while caring for a relative or friend. Research shows that the classes improve self-care behavior, emotion management, and self-confidence of caregivers and connect them to more community resources.

This virtual class series will meet six Tuesdays, October 4 to November 8, 2022, from 1 - 3 pm, Mountain Time (Montana) on Zoom. Pre-registration is required and is first-come, first-served. Class size is limited to 12 attendees. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting information will be sent to registered participants prior to the session start date. For more information or assistance registering, contact Missoula Aging Services at (406)728-7682.

This session of Powerful Tools is facilitated by Kelly Moore with Missoula County Extension Office and Lauren Crabtree with Missoula Aging Services in partnership with Ravalli Council on Aging. Special thanks to the Jane S. Heman Foundation and UM-MTGEC for their generous financial support making this class no-cost for Montana residents.

To learn about no-cost respite care that may be available through Montana Lifespan Respite Program, contact MAS at (406)728-7682 Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

This class will not focus on specific diseases or hands-on caregiving for the care receiver. No professional caregivers, please.

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.

Monday, October 10, 2022
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.

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Memory Café is a supportive space for people experiencing memory loss and their caregivers. It is offered on the second Tuesday of every month at 2 pm. In October, join us for some old-fashioned fun with artifacts from the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula and an apple pressing demonstration with the MUD Tool Library. This event will be held in the third-floor Demonstration Kitchen.

If you have questions, call 721-2665 or email mslaplib@missoula.lib.mt.us.

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This no-cost, online class explores tools and resources to help participants manage chronic pain in positive and proactive ways over the course of 6 weeks. We'll be discussing the complex nature of chronic pain and why it can be so difficult to find a treatment that works. We will learn handy tools and techniques that have been proven to help people with a variety of chronic pain conditions get their life back. This free class is a partnership between the Missoula City-County Health Department and the University of Montana Geriatric Education Center.

These FREE classes are held online for 6 weeks. Open to anyone living with chronic pain from disease, injury or aging.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
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.

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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 and reduced-cost tickets are available. 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.

 

 


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.