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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.

September 2020

Second Monday each month from 4-5pm
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. A 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 Laura Degele. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

Six session class from 9/15 to 10/20
Participate online or by phone using Zoom
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 is available at least 2 times a year and will help participants learn to take better care of themselves and manage their stress while caring for a relative or friend.

The Fall session meets on six Tuesdays, September 15 to October 20 from 2:30-4:30 PM, MDT. Participate online or by phone using Zoom. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. A email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the class. Facilitated by Missoula Aging Services staff Laura Degele and MSU Extension Missoula County staff Kelly Moore in partnership with UM-MTGEC.

The cost is $30, or $50 for two people. No cost and reduced cost ticket options available. 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!

Property, Wills, and Montana Law with Dr. Marsha Goetting

While everyone owns some type of property—saving accounts, stocks, mutual funds, automobiles or a home—many are unaware how the wording on accounts, titles, or deeds determines who receives them upon the owner’s death. When property title combines with Montana’s Law of Intestate Succession and written will there can be surprises.
Marsha A. Goetting, a Professor and Extension Family Economics Specialist at Montana State University in Bozeman presents the webinar, "Property, Wills, and Montana Law" on September 15th from 10-11:00 AM. Offered by AARP Montana and MSU Extension. No cost!

Third Tuesday each month from 1-2pm
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. A 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 September through May
Virtual Support Group
Montana Kinship Navigator Virtual 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 Montana time from Sept. 2020 to May 2021. Participate online or by phone 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

Estate Planning Designations that Avoid Probate with Dr. Marsha Goetting

Many Montanans are unaware of tools made available by the Montana legislature that allow us to avoid probate on our assets after we pass away. Learn how payable on death designation, transfer on death designation and transfer on death deed allow Montanans to avoid a costly probate.
Marsha A. Goetting, a Professor and Extension Family Economics Specialist at Montana State University in Bozeman presents the webinar, "Estate Planning Designations that Avoid Probate" on September 22nd from 10-11:00 AM. Offered by AARP Montana and MSU Extension. No cost!

Aging Mastery Program

Aging Mastery is an evidence-informed 11 part 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.

The fall session meets Mondays, September 28 to December 7 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Montana Time. Participate online or by phone using Zoom. A 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's Aging Mastery Program Facilitator, presents the program.

The first class series will be offered at no cost thanks to our partners at AARP Montana. Register online or call MAS at (406) 728-7682, M-F from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Pre-registration is required.

Joint Tenancy, Right of Survivorship, and Powers of Attorney with Dr. Marsha Goetting

What are some of the potential consequences of holding property in joint tenancy with family members and others when you write a will? During this online seminar you will be enlightened and perhaps shocked by the facts about joint tenancy ownership, plus bonus topics about Montana’s financial and health care powers of attorney.
Marsha A. Goetting, a Professor and Extension Family Economics Specialist at Montana State University in Bozeman presents the webinar, "Joint Tenancy, Right of Survivorship, and Powers of Attorney" on September 29th from 10-11:00 AM. Offered by AARP Montana and MSU Extension. No cost!

Join the waitlist!
Location and time to be announced
Stepping On Fall Prevention Program

Stepping On is an evidence-based falls prevention program for adults 60+. In 7 sessions, participants will learn exercises, methods and strategies to build self-confidence, change behaviors and improve decision making for continued safe, independent living. Stepping On is open to adults who have a fear of falling, live independently in their own home, and do not rely solely on a walker or wheelchair. This class series is offered three times each year through Missoula Aging Services.

The cost is $25, or $40 for two people. No cost and reduced cost ticket options available by calling MAS. For more information or to be added to the waitlist call MAS at 406-728-7682.

Join the waitlist - date to be announced!
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Social Security Workshop

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 5-6 times a year.

The cost is $10, or $15 for two people. No cost and reduced cost ticket options available by calling MAS. For more information or to be added to the waitlist call MAS at 406-728-7682.

 

 


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.

  • 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 5-6 times a year.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help family and community caregivers. This six session class series is available 1-2 times a year and will help participants learn to take better care of themselves and manage their stress while caring for a relative or friend.

  • Stepping On is an evidence-based falls prevention program for adults 60+. In 7 sessions, participants will learn exercises, methods and strategies to build self-confidence, change behaviors and improve decision making for safe, independent living. Stepping On is open to adults who have a fear of falling, live independently in their own home, and do not rely solely on a walker or wheelchair. This class series is offered three times each year through Missoula Aging Services.

  • Aging Mastery is an evidenced-informed 10 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.

  • Community Education

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