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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 2021

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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, Medicaid and Medicare. 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.

Register by August 20th
Fort Missoula Regional Park
Missoula, MT 59808
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Montana Senior Olympics promote healthy lifestyles through the spirited competition of sports and education while inspiring everyone to embrace health and enjoy the value of sports-related exercise.

The Montana Senior Olympics is an Olympic-style sports festival for people who are 50+ years of age or will be at the time of the events. This year's games will be held in Missoula from September 9th - 11th. Events include archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racewalk, road race, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, track & field, and tennis.

This year is a qualifying year for the 2022 national games held in Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 10th - 23rd. Due to covid canceling many state games, an adjustment to the qualifying process has been implemented.

Registration will open until August 20, with late registration (extra $5 fee) until August 27.

Volunteer opportunities are also available.

Monday, September 13, 2021
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.

Grandmother and granddaughter smiling

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 - 1:30 pm until May 2022. Participate online at no cost using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. An email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting information 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 at (406) 728-7682

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
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.

The Virtual New to Medicare Workshop through Missoula Aging Services is a 90-minute session where people learn how to make the most of their Medicare options. It's important to get local information because Medicare options vary by state, and even by county. 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

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 session date. After completion of the workshop, relevant Medicare publications will be provided. An opportunity to participate in a no-cost phone appointment with a MAS Resource Specialist to further discuss benefit options will also be offered after the workshop.

MAS is the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) that the community can count on for information that is unbiased. The workshop is presented by Kathy Kimmet and Megan Fournier, Resource Specialists at MAS and 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 Missoula Aging Services for a no-cost New to Medicare phone appointment.

A smiling older woman hugs her caregiver in the front yard.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help family and community caregivers. This in-person, 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.

This in-person class meets on six Mondays from 10 am - 12 pm at Missoula County Extension Office located at 2825 Santa Fe Court in Missoula. Refreshments will be provided, and free parking is available.

Special thanks to the Jane S. Heman Foundation and UM-MTGEC for their generous financial support of this class. There is no cost to Montana residents.

Register online or call MAS at (406) 728-7682, Monday-Friday from 8 am - 5 pm. Pre-registration is required.

*Missoula Aging Services is paying close attention to available COVID-19 variant data and information. All planned in-person classes are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of program registrants and staff. This means in-person classes could shift to virtual-only. Registrants will be updated as information becomes available.

 

 


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.