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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.

November 2022

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Memory Café is a supportive space for people experiencing memory loss and their caregivers. It is offered on the second Thursday of November at 2 pm, on the fourth floor in the Cooper Room. Come on down and play the library's version of The Price is Right - where everyone can be a contestant!

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

Monday, November 14, 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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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.

Tuesday, November 15, 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.

Portrait of Dr. Marsha Goetting

Montana’s own Dr. Marsha Goetting will be presenting two Telephone Town Halls in November and December. These events are brought to you by AARP Montana. Marsha is known as one of Montana’s leading authorities in estate planning as well as a lively, entertaining speaker. There will be time for you to ask your questions to Marsha on Estate planning. Register for the events and you will receive a call inviting you to join.

November 17: Avoiding the Cost of Probate in Montana
The Montana Legislature has provided us with tools that can be used to avoid probate and save more dollars for our heirs. Dr. Marsha Goetting, MSU Professor and Extension Specialist in Family Economics will share information in the Teletown Hall about PODs, TODs, Transfer on Death Deeds and how to pass a vehicle without probate using the 2021 tool from the legislature.

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.

Older woman sits by holiday background looking at the camera with dignity

You've heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But there's another day that we'd like to tell you about: Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday celebrates the spirit of the season as a day to give back.

Gifts made today strengthen us in our mission to promote the independence, dignity and health of older adults in Missoula County. Giving Tuesday gifts deliver hot meals to our homebound older neighbors through Meals on Wheels, help provide Memory Care Support Services to local families and so much more. This work is carried out by compassionate, knowledgeable staff and scores of dedicated volunteers.

Will you join us this Giving Tuesday as we work to end hunger and isolation for older adults in Missoula County?

This Giving Tuesday, a generous anonymous donor has pledged to match gifts - up to $1500! Your donation has double the impact if you lock in your gift today. Donations of any size are welcome and appreciated. By joining forces, we can make a real difference to older adults in need.

 

 


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.