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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.

April 2022

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Senior Planet is a resource for older people online who want to stay engaged with what's now and what's next. Senior Planet from AARP offers a range of engaging content including a wide variety of no-cost online classes. Whether you're interested in fitness and wellness, finance classes or social events, Senior Planet has a wide variety of virtual events designed just for you!

1st Monday of each Month
Currently Virtual via Zoom

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 fifth year, the Missoula Art Museum is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association to bring the program to the comfort of your own home on Zoom. 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 education team and professional teaching artist, Bev Glueckert.

No cost to participate. Art supplies will be delivered.

Please register in advance by calling (800)272-3900 or emailing montana@alz.org.

Join AARP Montana for Episode 1 of the Wednesday Wisdom, a no-cost estate planning series with Dr. Marsha Goetting of Montana State University Extension.

In this webinar, you will learn when a written will has control over the distribution of your property after you die and when the will isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Learn about a special program for Montanans that can be used by those 60 and over to write a will at no cost.

Montana’s own Dr. Marsha Goetting has taken the broad subject of estate planning and broken it down into bite-sized updates now available in a 3-part monthly webinar series. Marsha is known as one of Montana’s leading authorities in estate planning as well as a lively, entertaining speaker.

Join us from the comfort of your own home for Marsha’s monthly Wednesday Wisdom!

You’ll be able to download free MontGuides from the Extension Service during the webinars.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for Wednesday Wisdom!

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.

Monday, April 11, 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.

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.

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This 75-minute virtual workshop will inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

April is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) month, an annual initiative to encourage people to express their wishes regarding healthcare. It also encourages providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

This workshop is offered via Zoom on Thursday, April 14 from 10 - 11:15 am MT will encourage participants of all ages to consider, document, and file their advance directives. It will also provide helpful information and resources to identify a proxy, select an Advance Directive (there are many options) and have thoughtful conversations with loved ones, friends, and providers about advance healthcare wishes. The session will include a presentation followed by a Q and A.

Our presenters are Palliative Care Coordinator Brooklyn Crape, RN, and Nicole Pfeifer, FNP with Providence Medical Group Palliative Care Team in Missoula, MT.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The Zoom details to join the session will be emailed once participants have successfully registered. For more information or assistance registering by phone call Missoula Aging Services at (406)728-7682 Monday through Friday from 8 - 5 pm

Tuesday, April 19, 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.

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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

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.

Reach your wellness goals and prevent chronic disease through this lifestyle change program. 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. Virtual classes are held weekly for 16 weeks, followed by 4 biweekly sessions, then 6 monthly sessions.

Prevent T2 is covered in full by Medicaid, Medicare, and Missoula City and County Health Insurance Plans. Scholarships are available. If you are looking to improve your health and prevent chronic disease, please contact Courtney at (406)258-4935.

 

 


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.