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  • March an important month for MAS

    Missoula Aging Services|Mar 16, 2023

    Missoula Aging Services (MAS) announced today that it will be participating in the 21st annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of both Meals on Wheels and our older neighbors who rely on this essential service to remain healthy and independent at home, now even more so amid a lingering pandemic and high inflation. Missoula Aging Services’ celebration will include various activities throughout the month of March. “Every March, Missoula Aging Services brings the community together to provide awareness and rally suppo...

  • Medicare Advantage open enrollment period begins, consultation appointments available

    Missoula Aging Services|Jan 12, 2023

    Navigating Medicare and Medicaid can be confusing, but at Missoula Aging Services, experienced Resource Center staff are available to help people compare plans and save money on prescriptions. Following Medicare Open Enrollment each fall, the Medicare Advantage Plan Open Enrollment period begins for Medicare beneficiaries who are on a Medicare Advantage Plan. Medicare Advantage Plans are a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide Part A and Part B benefits. In Missoula County, Medicare...

  • Giving tree for older adults

    Missoula Aging Services|Dec 8, 2022

    MISSOULA - The holiday giving season has arrived, and Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is asking for community support to help older adults and caregivers in Missoula County. Missoula Aging Services will once again host a Virtual Giving Tree, as well as hang tags on the Missoula Public Library’s Giving Tree, to support programs and services for older adults and caregivers in Missoula County. Providing critical resources such as Meals on Wheels, Memory Care Support Services, In-Home Support and more, Missoula Aging Services promotes the i...

  • Memory Care Support available in Missoula and Ravalli Counties

    MIssoula Aging Services|Jul 21, 2022

    In 2021, Missoula Aging Services (MAS) launched a program aimed at increasing support for older adults living with memory loss in our community. It has already served over 75 people since it began just over a year ago. The Memory Care Support Services program was created in response to the growing number of older adults in Missoula and Ravalli Counties that are living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Memory Care Support Services is a no-cost service that starts with a one-on-one meeting to screen for eligibility, identify specific g...

  • Older adults encouraged to complete Community Assessment survey

    MIssoula Aging Services|May 5, 2022

    MISSOULA – Montanans age 55 and older can help Missoula Aging Services and Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) better understand the needs and priorities of older Montanans by completing the 2022 Community Assessment survey. DPHHS is partnering with MAS and aging organizations across the state to conduct a survey of older adults to learn how best to meet their needs and help them remain independent for as long as possible. The survey includes questions about quality of life, important community characteristics, ser...

  • MAS Levy will help meet growing needs for seniors

    Missoula Aging Services Governing Board, Missoula, Montana|Mar 24, 2022

    Older Missoula County residents and their families owe a big “thank you” to our County Commissioners. On March 10th, the Commission voted unanimously to place a levy on the June 7th Primary Election ballot. The levy will boost support to vital Missoula Aging Services (MAS) programs, such as Meals On Wheels, which are under stress as our population grows older. The Missoula County Commission established MAS in 1982 to “promote the independence, dignity and health of older adults, and those who care for them.” However, this mission has become...

  • Helping fulfill the promises of those we love

    MIssoula Aging Services|Jan 6, 2022

    As the New Year begins, we'd like to share a story with you of how a local family was able to fulfill their promise. Local residents like Les and his family can find support to navigate life's changes at Missoula Aging Services. After serving in World War II and then working for the railroad for 25 years, Les was happy to retire in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. Les' retirement didn't last long. He was soon back keeping busy as a clerk at the local Post Office but that initial feeling stuck...

  • Connecting older adults with tablets and training

    MIssoula Aging Services|Dec 2, 2021

    Missoula Aging Services (MAS) announced the expansion of a program to connect older adults with online resources, family and friends. Technology can address many of the challenges associated with social isolation during the pandemic but some of our older neighbors have limited access to computers or an Internet connection. Others have outdated equipment without cameras or microphones, leaving them unable to take advantage of telehealth opportunities to stay connected to their physicians. MAS...

  • Medication reviews can help you get the best care

    MIssoula Aging Services|Nov 4, 2021

    Missoula Aging Services is hosting Medication Review appointments in partnership with the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy. The hour-long appointments will be with both a UM Pharmacy student and a supervising licensed pharmacist and will be available Wednesday and Thursday afternoons through Dec. 7. The Medication Review appointments are available for people aged 55 and older who are currently taking five or more medications. To better serve the residents of Seeley Lake, these...

  • Beware of vaccination survey scams

    Missoula Aging Services|Mar 18, 2021

    Missoula Aging Services received reports of a new COVID-19 vaccine email scam where people are asked to complete a survey. They offer a free reward but ask people to pay a nominal fee "to cover shipping." Survey scams like this are a creative way to steal your identity or money. Many survey scams offer a reward and give you a limited time to respond if you want to take the survey. A legitimate survey would not assign a time limit, nor would they ask for your credit card or bank account to pay... Full story

  • Economic Impact Payment debit cards issued

    Missoula Aging Services|Feb 4, 2021

    Calls are being received at local Area Agencies on Aging reporting that a credit card arrived in the mail from “Money Network Financial” saying that they represent the US Treasury and to call to activate the card. These are legitimate cards. Some eight million Americans are receiving their stimulus payments on a pre-paid debit card sent through the mail, in addition to others who will receive the payment via paper checks or automatic deposits. Just because the last payment was received one way, does not mean it will be received the same way... Full story

  • Medicare cards are not being replaced

    Missoula Aging Services|Dec 31, 2020

    If you’re on Medicare, you will not be receiving a new chip card or a plastic version to replace your paper ID card. If somebody calls you to tell you that, they’re lying. It’s another Medicare scam. This scam is active in Montana and several people have already unwittingly given away their personal information. The caller identifies themselves as Medicare and after confirming your card’s number they will send you a new plastic card. Please be on alert, calls have been reported in multiple counties. Medicare will never call people on Medicar...

  • Beware of scams for durable medical equipment

    Missoula Aging Services|Mar 28, 2019

    The Social Security Act prohibits suppliers of durable medical equipment from making unsolicited telephone calls to people on Medicare, yet Montana Senior Medicare Patrol has received multiple reports across Montana of scam calls making the rounds. Not only have folks been receiving calls selling durable medical equipment, or DME, but several people have received unordered supplies including back braces. One case alone involves receiving 20 different items from five different companies. People on Medicare should be aware that DME sent by a...

  • Senior Companion Program Now Offered in Seeley-Swan Area

    MIssoula Aging Services|Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Missoula Aging Services (MAS) Seeley-Swan Resource Center now offers a volunteer program for adults age 55 and older who would like to give a helping hand to other area residents and earn a small tax free stipend to help with expenses. “Senior Companions add such a wonderful dimension in terms of respite, friendship, fun outings, fishing trips, mail retrieval, help getting to appointments and more,” said Linda Howard, Seeley-Swan Resource Specialist. “They provide a vital link in helping people remain in their homes as indepen...

  • Workshops to Explore Estate Planning and More

    MIssoula Aging Services|Jun 15, 2017

    MISSOULA - Who will receive your property if you pass away without an estate plan? Do you know when wills or trusts have control over property and when they don’t? What financial and legal steps should be taken before a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, related dementias or cognitive impairment? To find out the answers to these questions and much more, plan to attend one of two free educational programs given by Dr. Marsha Goetting Monday, June 26 at the Missoula Public Library. Dr. Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics specialist, enhances her pre...

  • Seeley-Swan Area Urgently Needs Caregivers

    MIssoula Aging Services|Jun 8, 2017

    The Seeley-Swan area has a critical shortage of caregivers, according to Missoula Aging Services Resource Specialist Linda Howard. She wants to do something about it. “In keeping with our mission to promote the independence, dignity and health of older adults and those who care for them, MAS helps people remain in their homes as independent individuals as long as possible,” Howard says. “This is a challenging endeavor, because aging people need in-home caregiver support to successfully facilitate this life choice.” Howard staffs the MAS See...

  • Missoula Aging Services Opens Office in Seeley Lake

    Missoula Aging Services|Oct 13, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Older adults in the Seeley Lake area will now have access to Missoula Aging Services (MAS) resources and assistance in Seeley Lake, right in time for the Medicare Open Enrollment period. Starting Oct. 18, MAS's new satellite office located at the Bison Bear Center, 3166 MT Hwy. 83 North, will be open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to serve seniors, their families and caregivers in person or by phone. The Seeley Lake Community Foundation provides the office. Resource...