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A person's sense of thirst decreases with age, and frailty can make it difficult to get up to get a drink as often as an older person should.

Because of her incredible passion and commitment to older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers, Susan served for 33 years as the CEO of Missoula Aging Services. The Governing Board has initiated a search for a new CEO, and Susan will continue to serve as the CEO until a successor has been named.

Foster Grandparents are placed with local schools and assist teachers by providing extra support to students. They help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring and guide children at a critical time in their lives.

The RSVP program partners with Missoula County agencies and nonprofits to provide a diverse array of volunteer opportunities older volunteers can choose from. Today we thank an amazing local volunteer, whose personal experiences shape his community service with Missoula Aging Services.

Senior Companions are Missoula Aging Services volunteers who make regular visits to older adults in the Missoula area, help with daily living tasks, and generally promote an increased quality of life. Today we shine a spotlight on one amazing local volunteer.

National Volunteer Recognition Week is from April 18-24, and Missoula Aging Services is joining with other organizations across the country to celebrate the importance of volunteers in making our communities more compassionate and more resilient in the face of adversity.

Who would you want to speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself? National Healthcare Decisions Day exists each year to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

Despite the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Meals on Wheels has continued to make deliveries to your older neighbors and friends. This work has only been possible—especially during the worst of times—thanks to the dedication and sacrifice of approximately 70 Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers, and to all the members of our community who financially support Missoula Aging Services each year. Your support is vital, now more than ever.

Programs like Meals on Wheels help fill these gaps and bring security to people in a wide set of circumstances, including older adults and those with disabilities. During March for Meals, Missoula Aging Services raises both funds and awareness to support home meal delivery to our homebound neighbors, whether they reside in Missoula, Lolo, Seeley Lake, or anywhere in between.

While most Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteer drivers hop into their car and complete their routes solo, Richard and Elisabeth keep each other company during their weekly shifts. Married for 56 years, the couple started delivering meals together in October 2019. They were moved to volunteer at MOW and at the hospital after Richard experienced a significant health issue. Giving back became part of his healing process.

Meals on Wheels empowers homebound adults in Missoula County to continue living independently by providing home-delivered meals and regular safety checks. Support Meals on Wheels to combat hunger and isolation in Missoula County.

For over 50 years Senior Corps volunteers have brought out the best of America although we have a new name, our legacy will continue. The Corporation for National and Community Service is proud to announce the rebranding and merging of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. Senior Corps is now known as AmeriCorps Seniors.

The 67th Montana Legislative Session is underway in Helena and though the Session looks a little bit different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are plenty of ways to advocate for your older neighbors.

Lifelong Connections aims to train 100 older adults in Missoula County on how to use technology in order to access telehealth, reduce social isolation, continue to volunteer, and to be able to take advantage of the services available online. The program trains volunteers while also providing tablets and data to older adults who may not have access to technology.

With a heavy heart, Missoula Aging Services acknowledges the passing of our governing board chair and friend Larry Riley.

Your guidance, empathy and humor will be missed, your generosity never forgotten.

This November 19, 2020, through January 4, 2021, for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities. Meals on Wheels is one of four national participating charities and has been since the inception of the event.

We count MAS volunteers as one of the many things to be thankful for this year. On that note, we’d like to highlight one of our outstanding volunteers as she receives a prestigious award honoring her service.

There are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of becoming ill with COVID-19.  Since the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, we first need to understand how it spreads.

You might have noticed that something is a little different around here. On June 1, we launched our brand new website! We’re excited for you to look around. To make it easier, we’ve created a guide below which highlights new features as well as the goals of the project.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing a face covering in public when social distancing can’t be maintained. This is especially recommended for going to the grocery store.

While masks are tricky to purchase these days, there are a number of ways to make your own.

I once heard that if you truly want to see the character of a person, don’t look at how they act when things are easy, but instead look at how they act when things are hard. If that sentiment extends to communities, then I think we have a pretty clear picture of Missoula.

By 1963 only nine-percent of Americans had reached their 65th birthday. Many were living in poverty with few services to support them. For nearly six decades, May has been a time to celebrate the contributions of older adults both past and present. The theme this year, Make Your Mark, goes to the core of what this month is all about.