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Missoula Aging Services promotes the independence, dignity and health of older adults and those who care for them.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

Monday, November 9, 2020
4:00 pm5:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver 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. A 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 Laura Degele. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

November 11th 5:30-6:30 pm
Online Class
HomeFit, AARP Montana

Is your home designed to accommodate your needs as you age? What happens if your mobility is significantly limited or if you have knee or hip surgery and choose to recover at home? What if you or your housemate requires a walker or wheelchair? AARP Montana’s HomeFit Webinar can offer temporary or permanent solutions to making your home a comfortable and safe "nest" regardless of your physical mobility issues. The webinar was created to help people stay in the home they love by turning where they live into a "lifelong home" suitable for themselves and anyone in their household. HomeFit will offer solutions ranging from simple do-it-yourself fixes to improvements requiring skilled expertise. The information will be presented by AARP Montana volunteer Kate Humphrey, a Montana-licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Aging in Place Specialist. You can participate in this no cost webinar from the comfort of your own home. Space is limited and you can register below to receive the login information. You will receive the complimentary HomeFit Guide booklet and the HomeFit No-Cost, Low-Cost Ideas pamphlet in the mail within 30 days after the webinar.

Registration Now Open for Nov. 12th!
Online Workshop
Virtual Social Security Workshop

Join Mary Olson, MAS Resource Center volunteer, on Zoom for an informative session to learn more about your Social Security options. Mary has 29 years of experience working for the Social Security Administration as a claims representative and technical expert.

Topics include: Factors to Consider as to When to Start Receiving Benefits, General Requirements for Retirement Benefits, Spouse’s Benefits, Divorced Spouse’s Benefits, Widow(er)’s / Divorced Widow(er)’s Benefits and How Work and Earnings Affect Benefits.

Participate online using Zoom. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the class. The cost is $10, or $15 for two people.

No cost and reduced cost ticket options are available. For more information or assistance registering call MAS at 406-728-7682.

The workshop will not cover Disability Social Security nor will it answer questions about taxes.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver 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. A 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 Lois Mandelko-Steinberg. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

Third Wednesdays through May
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Montana Kinship Navigator Caregiver Support Group

The Montana Kinship Navigator Program (MTKNP) is a relative caregiver support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children.

The virtual support group will help relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives by offering ways to cope with specific social and emotional challenges. Participate for peer support, education and connection to community resources. The support group takes place on the 3rd Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 pm Montana time from Sept. 2020 to May 2021. Participate online or by phone at no cost, using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions 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. (406) 728-7682

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver 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. A 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 Lois Mandelko-Steinberg. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

Third Wednesdays through May
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Montana Kinship Navigator Caregiver Support Group

The Montana Kinship Navigator Program (MTKNP) is a relative caregiver support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children.

The virtual support group will help relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives by offering ways to cope with specific social and emotional challenges. Participate for peer support, education and connection to community resources. The support group takes place on the 3rd Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 pm Montana time from Sept. 2020 to May 2021. Participate online or by phone at no cost, using ZOOM. Space is limited. Registration is required. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions 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. (406) 728-7682

Virtual Aging Mastery Program

Aging Mastery is an evidence-informed 11 part class that encourages individuals age 55+ to create their own playbook for aging well. Participants 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.

The winter session meets Mondays, January 4th through March 22, 2021 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Montana Time. Participate online using Zoom. A email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the class. Teresa Sacks, MAS's Aging Mastery Program Facilitator, presents the program.

One for $65 or two for $120. No cost and reduced cost ticket options available. Register online or call MAS at (406) 728-7682, M-F from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Pre-registration is required.

Thursdays, 1/14 to 2/18 from 2-4pm
Participate online using Zoom
Virtual Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help family and community caregivers. This six session class series will help participants learn to take better care of themselves and manage their stress while caring for a relative or friend.

The Winter session meets on six Thursdays, January 14th -February 18 from 2:00-4:00 PM, MDT. Participate online using Zoom. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. A email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the class. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is offered in partnership with MSU Extension and UM-MTGEC.

The cost is $30, or $50 for two people. No cost and reduced cost ticket options available. To register click the link below, or call MAS at (406) 728-7682, Monday through Friday from 8 am - 5 pm. Space is limited, register today!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Virtual Support Group
Virtual Caregiver 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. A 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 Lois Mandelko-Steinberg. For more information or assistance registering contact Missoula Aging Services.

In the Spotlight Community Safety

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.

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.