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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.

July 2020

Live Webinar: Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care.

To register please call Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: (800) 272-3900 or click the button below to set up your account and register online. Webinar link and phone-in number will be provided following registration. Participate using your computer, smartphone, or landline.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
2:00 pm3:00 pm
Virtual Workshop
Virtual Memory Café

The goal of Missoula Public Library’s (MPL) Memory Café is to create a safe, welcoming and supportive space each month for individuals experiencing memory loss as well as their caregivers and family members to engage in a fun, no cost activity.
Memory Café, live in July via ZOOM, is with Missoula City Band director Gary Gillett. Gary will talk about his book published in 2018, The Missoula City Band: Stories In Time, and share clips from a concert held in Bonner Park in 2019. This program will be held online starting at 2 PM. To participate in this energetic discussion, send an email with Memory Café in the subject line to Amanda Allpress, MPL Reference Librarian at amandaa@misssoula.lib.mt.us.
Questions? Contact Amanda Allpress at MPL, 406-721-2665.

Second Mondays from 4-5pm
Virtual Workshop
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.

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Location and time to be announced
Aging Mastery Program

Aging Mastery is an evidence-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. This class is offered 2-3 times per year.

The first class series will be offered at no cost thanks to our partners at AARP Montana. For more information or to be added to the waitlist call MAS at 406-728-7682.

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Location and time to be announced
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 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. This class is offered 1-2 times per year.

The cost is $65, or $120 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.

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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.

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TBA
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. This class is offered 2-3 times per year.

  • Community Education

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