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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

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Virtual Workshop
Virtual Memory Café

The goal of Missoula Public Library’s (MPL) Memory Café is to create a safe, welcoming, and supportive space each month for individuals experiencing memory loss as well as their caregivers and family members to engage in a fun, no-cost activity. On August 12th take a virtual tour of the new MPL from the safety of your home! Weeks before the new library building opens, you will be guided on a tour of the new space to see where future Memory Café workshops will be held. Also featured: a special demonstration from the MPL MakerSpace with the 3D printer.

To participate visit the MPL website https://bit.ly/2Dp3yck on August 12 and scroll to the event. (To view past recorded sessions of Memory Café visit https://bit.ly/3hVXmYB).

Monday, August 17, 2020
3:00 pm4:00 pm
Virtual Workshop
Healthy Living for the Brain & Body

For centuries it’s been known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. This workshop will share research and recommendations in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. All are welcome to take part in this no cost program.

To register please call Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: (800) 272-3900 by noon the day prior. Call-in / log-in information will be provided following registration. Participate using your computer, smartphone, or landline.

Join the waitlist - date to be announced
TBA
New to Medicare Workshop

This workshop 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. For more information or to be added to the waitlist call MAS at (406) 728-7682.

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Location and time to be announced
Aging Mastery Program

Aging Mastery is an evidence-informed 10 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. This class is offered 2-3 times per year.

The first class series will be offered at no cost thanks to our partners at AARP Montana. For more information or to be added to the waitlist call MAS at (406) 728-7682.

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Location and time to be announced
Stepping On Fall Prevention Program

Stepping On is an evidence-based falls prevention program for adults 60+. In 7 sessions, participants will learn exercises, methods and strategies to build self-confidence, change behaviors and improve decision making for continued safe, independent living. Stepping On is open to adults who have a fear of falling, live independently in their own home, and do not rely solely on a walker or wheelchair. This class series is offered three times each year through Missoula Aging Services.

The cost is $25, or $40 for two people. No cost and reduced cost ticket options available by calling MAS. For more information or to be added to the waitlist call MAS at 406-728-7682.

Join the waitlist - date to be announced!
TBA
Social Security Workshop

Join Mary Olson, MAS Resource Center volunteer, 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: when to start benefits, retirement benefits, spouse’s benefits, divorced spouses benefits, widow/widower benefits, divorced widow/widower benefits and how work and earnings effect your Social Security benefits. This workshop is available 5-6 times a year.

The cost is $10, or $15 for two people. No cost and reduced cost ticket options available by calling MAS. For more information or to be added to the waitlist call MAS at 406-728-7682.

Second Monday each month from 4-5pm
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.

Six session class from 9/15 to 10/20
Participate online or by phone 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 is available at least 2 times a year and will help participants learn to take better care of themselves and manage their stress while caring for a relative or friend.

The Fall session meets on six Tuesdays, September 15 to October 20 from 2:30-4:30 PM, MDT. Participate online or by phone 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. Facilitated by Missoula Aging Services staff Laura Degele and MSU Extension Missoula County staff Kelly Moore in partnership with 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!

Third Tuesday each month from 1-2pm
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 September through May
Virtual Support Group
Montana Kinship Navigator Virtual 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

In the Spotlight Community Safety

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.