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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I am a business or community organization and want to become more dementia friendly

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Upcoming Events


Description


Location


Day and Time

Caregiver Support Group
Support group for family members of an older adult or person with a disability.
Please call 406-728-7682 for more information.

Missoula Aging Services
337 Stephens Ave
Missoula, MT 59801

Monday, Oct. 14
4 -5 pm (second Mon. of each month)

MTGEC Annual Conference:
The Dementia Continuum

A special appreciation reception  and conversation with Dr. Keith Fargo, Director of Scientific Programs and Outreach, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago. 

University of Montana
University Center Room 225.32 Campus Dr, Missoula, MT 59812

Tuesday, Oct. 15
5:30-7:30 pm

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

Mission Bible Fellowship
3158 Hwy 83
Seeley Lake, MT 59868

Tuesday,  Oct. 15
1 pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)

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, Oct. 16
12-2 pm (3rd Wednesday 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 Oct. 23
3-4:30 pm
(usually fourth Wed. of each month)

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, Oct. 28
6:30 - 8:30 pm (fourth Mon. of each month)

“Financial and Estate Planning Legal Tools for the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Dementia or other Cognitive Impairments.” Presenter: Marsha Goetting

To register people may do so online at the links provided below or call MAS 406-728-7682 and ask for Call Center who can register people over the phone. The community may also read more about the different workshops by selecting the links below. Each workshop has a descriptor and people are welcome to attend more than one. There will be an event flier available in early September.

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Financial and Estate Planning Legal Tools for the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Dementia or other Cognitive Impairments
https://goettingalzmas.eventbrite.com

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Trusts: Do I need one or not? https://goettingtrustmas.eventbrite.com

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Estate Planning for Every Montanan: Wildflower Reflections on Families, Legacies and Challenging Decisions
https://goettingestatemas.eventbrite.com

Clearwater Credit Union Conference Space
3600 Brooks St
Missoula, MT 59801

Tuesday, October 29th
10 am to 8 pm

Art In The Moment
A free, comforting, art-viewing and art-making experience for those in the early stages of dementia and their caregivers. Creates a dementia-friendly art learning community and allows caregivers and those with dementia to be together in a creative and relaxed environment.

Pre-registration required call 406-728-0477.

Missoula Art Museum
335 N Pattee St.
Missoula, MT 59802

Monday, Nov. 4
2-4 pm

Understanding Alzheimer's & Dementia
This program covers information about the impact of Alzheimer's, the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available for some symptoms, and resources
FREE, Please RSVP by calling 800-272-3900

The Springs
3710 American Way
Missoula, MT 59808

Monday, Nov. 4
2-3:30 pm

Kitchen Table Conversations: About My Wishes (2 part workshop)

Register or learn more online https://ktcmas.eventbrite.com

or by calling MAS 406-728-7682

Missoula Aging Services
337 Stephens Ave
Missoula, MT 59801

Tuesday & Thursday, Nov. 5 & 7   
1:30 to 4:00 P.M.

Memory Cafe
A welcoming space for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers and family members. For more info, call the Missoula Public Library at 406-721-2665.

Missoula Public Library
301 E Main St
Missoula, MT 59802

Wednesday, Nov. 13
2 - 4 pm (second Wed. of each month)

Effective Communication Strategies
We will explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.
FREE, Please RSVP by calling 800-272-3900

The Springs
3710 American Way
Missoula, MT 59808

Tuesday, Nov. 19
6:30-9 pm

Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
This program will prepare you to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer's disease.
FREE, Please RSVP by calling 800-272-3900

The Springs
3710 American Way
Missoula, MT 59808

Wednesday, Dec. 11
2-3:30 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