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.
Stepping On is an evidence-based falls prevention program for adults age 60 years and over that live in Montana. In a 7-week period, participants will learn exercises and strategies to build self-confidence, change behaviors and improve decision-making for safe, independent living. The class will help participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls.
Stepping On covers strength and balance exercises, home safety suggestions, the role vision plays in keeping balance, medication reviews, and other related topics. Falling is not an inevitable part of aging! Making practical lifestyle adjustments and attending Stepping On can reduce the risk.
The class is for anyone who:
-Is age 60 years or over and lives in Montana
-Has had a fall in the past year or is fearful of falling
-Does not have Alzheimer’s or Other Related Dementia
-Is living independently in a home or apartment
-Walks independently in the home (may use a cane)
-Does not rely solely on a walker or wheelchair (may use a walker for outside mobility)
Classes meet on seven Tuesdays, June 1 through July 13 from 10:00 AM-12:00 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 starting date. Class materials are mailed to participants.
The class is Facilitated by Mary Thane, PT, GCS, CEEAA at Community Medical Center. Elaine Carmichael retired PT, also joins the class as a Peer Leader Volunteer.
Special thanks to the Jane S. Heman Foundation and Montana DPHHS for their generous financial support of this class.
Wednesday Wisdom will run from 10 to 11 a.m. monthly through July, and will be presented by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist and professor at MSU.
Montana State University Extension will collaborate with AARP Montana for a four-part webinar estate planning series starting in April and running through July.
The series, titled Wednesday Wisdom, will run from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays on April 14, May 12, June 9, and July 14 and will be presented by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist and professor at MSU.
Goetting said that, for some Montanans, estate planning can be one of the most important and confusing decisions they make in their lives. It raises questions of personal legacy and how to assure the right people receive one’s property after death.
Over the past seven years, Goetting has presented more than 500 educational sessions that have reached more than 15,000 Montanans with financial and estate planning information. She has received state, regional and national awards for her programs and has authored 44 MontGuide fact sheets that cover estate planning topics.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about signing up for Medicare!
This fair is for people turning 65 or joining Medicare because of a disability. Learn about Medicare and all its parts. This Virtual Medicare Fair will assist you in your initial enrollment decisions. There is no cost to attend. Join us online for any length of time!
Get trusted, unbiased Medicare education to help you make Medicare choices that best meet your needs.
There will be national expert presenters on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, and coverage options. Chat with exhibitors from your state health insurance assistance programs (SHIP) for answers to your individual questions.
The Montana State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is available at the area Agencies on Aging and can be reached by calling 1(800) 551-3191.
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.