Dementia Friendly Missoula

Join us as we build a positive and informed community


Dementia Friendly Missoula is a volunteer coalition affiliated with Missoula Aging Services.
We are community members, healthcare professionals, and organizations committed to the independence, dignity, and health of people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in Missoula County.

We seek to:

  • Raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
  • Educate and support adults living with dementia and their caregivers
  • Build a network of businesses, faith communities, and other community groups committed to becoming more dementia friendly

Find out more about the initiative and how you can get involved here.
  

Dementia Resources


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Upcoming Events


Description


Location


Day and Time

Kitchen Table Conversations: 2 Part Workshop About My Wishes

What's important to you matters! Give yourself and your loved ones peace of mind by sharing what matters most during uncertain times. Kitchen Table Conversations is a great way to start the difficult conversation about what matters most when you can’t speak for yourself due to illness.

In this two part workshop, participants will explore how to engage with friends and loved ones on the subjects of illness and passing in order to make sure that last wishes are respected if a person is unable to communicate. Discussions are facilitated in small groups much like our own kitchen tables. "Five Wishes" booklets and other important materials are provided to each participant. A guest panel will provide helpful information for part two of the workshop.

Pre-registration is required and no cost tickets are available. If you need additional information call the MAS at (406) 728-7682 or email.http://help@missoulaagingservices.org

Missoula Aging Services
337 Stephens Ave
Missoula, MT 59801

Tuesday, Apr. 16 & Thurs Apr. 18

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Evening Alzheimer's Support Group
Evening Alzheimer's Support group for caregiving support. Call 728-7682 for more information.

Missoula Senior Center
705 S Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59801

Monday, Apr. 22
6:30 - 8:30 pm (fourth Mon. of each month)

Dementia Friendly Missoula Monthly Steering Committee Meeting
(Newcomers welcome)

Missoula Aging Services
337 Stephens Ave
Missoula, MT 59801
(Ask for room location at the front desk)

Wednesday Apr. 24
3-4:30 pm
(fourth Wed. of each month)

Memory Cafe
A welcoming space for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers and family members. Rebecca Morley, the Eat Smart Coordinator for Missoula County, will lead a discussion about nutrition, exercise and sleep.  For more info, call the Missoula Public Library at 721-2665.

Missoula Public Library
301 E Main St
Missoula, MT 59802

Wednesday, May 8
2 - 4 pm (second Wed. of each month)

Caregiver Support Group
Support group for family members of an older adult or person with a disability. Please call 728-7682 for more information.

Missoula Aging Services
337 Stephens Ave
Missoula, MT 59801

Monday, May 13
4 -5 pm (second Mon. of each month)

Conversations on Driving & Dementia      When someone is showing signs of dementia, conversations with family and friends about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This workshop will provide tips for breaking the ice so that common issues can be addressed. This includes going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving and tips that offer approaches to having these difficult conversations. There will be a 1 hour workshop with the Alzheimer’s Association, followed by a presentation with AARP on caregiver resources and a panel discussion moderated and organized by Dementia Friendly Missoula.  Call 728-7682 or register online at.https://drivinganddementia.eventbrite.com

First Lutheran Church              2808 South Ave. West                  Missoula, MT 59801

Tuesday, May 14
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Noon Alzheimer's Support Group
Caregiving can be stressful and support groups offer a safe place to share emotions and experiences, seek and give advice and exchange practical strategies for coping. Call 728-7682 for more information.

Summit Independent Living
700 SW Higgins Ave. #101
Missoula, MT 59803

Wednesday, May 15
12-2 pm (3rd Wednesday of each month)

Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Alzheimer's Association Dementia Education & Support. RSVP required for classes – please call 800.272.3900 (24/7 Helpline)

North Valley Public Library
208 Main St.
Stevensville, MT 59870

Thursday, May 16
5:30-7 PM

Effective Communication Strategies Communication is more than just talking and listening.  As people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias progress in their journeys, families need new ways to connect. Alzheimer's Association Dementia Education & Support. RSVP required for classes – please call 800.272.3900 (24/7 Helpline)

Missoula Senior Citizen Center
705 S. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT  59801

Monday, May 20
2-3:30 PM

Seeley-Swan Caregiver Support Group
Meets monthly.
Call Seeley Swan Resource Center at 406-541-7688 or email Linda Howard at http://http://lhoward@missoulaagingservices.org

Mission Bible Fellowship
3158 Hwy 83
Seeley Lake, MT 59868

Tuesday,  May 21
1 pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)

Memory Cafe
A welcoming space for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers and family members. Live oldies tunes and a motorcycle photo shoot.  For more info, call the Missoula Public Library at 721-2665.

Missoula Public Library
301 E Main St
Missoula, MT 59802

Wednesday, June 12
2 - 4 pm (second Wed. of each month)

Effective Communication Strategies Communication is more than just talking and listening.  As people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias progress in their journeys, families need new ways to connect. Alzheimer's Association Dementia Education & Support. RSVP required for classes – please call 800.272.3900 (24/7 Helpline)

North Valley Public Library
208 Main St.
Stevensville, MT 59870

Thursday, June 13
5:30-7 PM

Physical Activity! So important for all stages of dementia.   Check out the many varied offerings designed for older residents at Missoula City Parks and Recreation https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/211/Recreation and Missoula YMCA http://ymcamissoula.org/

In Missoula County area

Available anytime


Educational offerings provided by DFM speakers

• Intro to Dementia Friendly Communities
• Dementia Basics
• Dementia Friendly Banks and Financial Institutions
  

In Missoula County area

Available anytime 

Alzheimer's Association Online Educational Offerings
Topics include:
• Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
• The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s
• Effective Communication Strategies
• Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior
• Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease
• Living with Alzheimer's for caregivers & those with the disease

Available anytime: 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year