Training & Events

2018 Spring Geriatric Healthcare Series - Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

When: Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 PM, March 27 - May 29, 2018

Where: Sites throughout Montana. Included but not limited to Missoula, Billings, Anaconda, Great Falls, Wolf Point, Sidney, Ennis, etc. If you would like to host a site please contact Terry Egan at 406-243-2480.

CE: 1.5 Contact Hours per session

MTGEC partners with The University of Washington Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC) to bring a series of continuing education programs on geriatric health to health professionals in Washington, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska.

 Nationally and regionally recognized NW GWEC faculty will present each topic and facilitate discussion. The series will assist providers in developing and enhancing health promotion interventions to prevent disease and postpone further disability for the older adults they serve. This series will give community-based providers working in the field of aging the opportunity to access valuable information without having to travel a great distance.

 See the brochure for registration information and speaker/topic details.  

Postive Approach to Care Conference

When: Thursday, April  12, 2018, 1 - 5 PM

Where: Sleep Inn & Suites, Miles City, MT

Registration Fee: $25.00

CE: 3.75 Contact Hours

Pamela Longmire, RT, BAS, CDP, PAC is the Lead Nursing Home Quality Improvement Specialist in Montana.  Her passion is improving the lives of residents living in care homes as well as those receiving home based care.  Pamela's trainings and effective tools assist care-partners in deliving high quality, person-centered care.

Registration Brochure

Community Care and Safety of the Older Adult Conference

When: April 12 - 13, 2018

Where: Miles City, MT

Thursday evening is an evening dinner with a talk on Wound Care and Prevention in the Older Adult led by Dr. Timothy Dernbach of St. Vincent's Wound Healing Center.  Friday's agenda is composed of several speakers and topics, including Alzheimer's/Dementia, Polypharmacy, Chronic Pain, Treating for Depression and more!  CE is available.

Agenda and Registration Brochure

HRSA Health Workforce: Training Curriculum - Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

HRSA Health Workforce: Training Curriculum: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Training for the primary care workforce about dementia, and caring for those affected, is essential. The facts are compelling: currently more than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. Ultimately, one out of every three Americans will die from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

Modules 1-12 contain information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias of particular interest to the primary care workforce. Modules 13-16 specify the roles of specific health care professions in dementia care.

Collaborative Action Team training for Community Health – Older adult Network (CATCH-ON)

Online Educational Modules - RUSH GWEP

The RUSH GWEP is excited to announce that their first set of CATCH-ON online educational modules are available! Please visit their website today to participate in their basics modules for professionals and for older adults and families. They invite you to learn more about Normal Aging, Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions, Dementia, and Working in Teams.

Representative Payee Interdisciplinary Training Series

Social Security Administration

Interdisciplinary Training for those who Serve Vulnerable Adults and Seniors

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is pleased to present this Representative Payee Interdisciplinary Training series.  It includes useful modules to educate individuals and organizations about the roles and responsibilities of serving as a representative payee, elder abuse and financial exploitation, effective ways to monitor and safely conduct business with the banking community, and ways to recognize the changes in decisional capacity among vulnerable adults and seniors. This training is beneficial to all who work with or assist the most vulnerable. Training will provide further insight, broaden community awareness, educate members of the public, and provide key resources related to the growing incidence of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.


Free Online Accredited Learning  in Interprofessional Geriatrics (ENGAGE-IL-OALIG) Program                            

University of Illinois-Chicago GWEP 

Free Online Accredited Geriatric Training Program offers:

  • 32 healthcare modules developed, written and reviewed by interprofessional content experts
  • Modules offer FREE continuing education credits for medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, social work and dentistry until July 1, 2018
  • Learning modules are interactive films with Narrators (actors), inforgraphics, and expert interviews
  • Modules are 30-minutes long (except 3 modules are one hour)

Topic Examples: Caregiver Burden; Common Acquired Hospital Complications; Dying Process; Elder Abuse/Self-Neglect;Pain Management; Transitions in Care; End of Life and Advance Care Directives; Drug Therapy; Community Based Interprofessional Home Care; Dementia; Changing Global & National Populations and Complex Systems of Care; Chronic Disease Management: Helping People to Help Themselves; Depression and Delirium; Community Services: Access & Payment Systems and more!

Upon completion of each module you will receive a “Continuing Education Credit Letter” via email within 3 weeks of module completion


Launch of STEADI Pharmacist Falls Prevention Training developed by CDC and APhA

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) announced the launch of a new training, STEADI: The Pharmacist’s Role in Older Adult Fall Prevention, developed in collaboration with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). The training works specifically with pharmacists; as some of the most accessible members of the healthcare team and as medication experts, they can play a pivotal role in helping older Americans prevent falls. The free, interactive online training, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), is designed to provide pharmacists with the knowledge and resources to screen older adults for fall risk, assess modifiable risk factors such as medication use, and intervene to improve older adults’ health and reduce falls.

Take a look at a video trailer on the STEADI training page. 

John Hopkins University Logo

FREE Massive Open Online Course 

"Living with Dementia: Impact on Individuals, Caregivers, Communities and Societies"

About this course: Health professionals and students, family caregivers, friends of and affected individuals, and others interested in learning about dementia and quality care will benefit from completing the course. Led by Drs. Nancy Hodgson and Laura Gitlin, participants will acquire foundational knowledge in the care of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurocognitive disorders.

Who is this class for: This course is aimed for health professionals and students, family caregivers, friends, and others interested in learning about dementia. 

Is CE/CME Available?: No, as this is for a general audience.

Course and Registration Link

The Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) Launches Multidisciplinary Team Guide and Toolkit

The Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Multidisciplinary Team Guide and Toolkit. The Toolkit is designed for anyone looking to create or grow a local elder abuse MDT, regardless of their experience with MDTs. The web-based Toolkit is enhanced for use on mobile devices and contains easy-to-download PDF sample documents and citations.

Take a look and try out the Toolkit now!

On May 30, take a live walk through the Toolkit. The EJI webinar will cover many aspects of the Toolkit, including:

  • Layout and usability
  • Highlights from each chapter
  • Questions and feedback

Please join the webinar on Tuesday, May 30, at 2 p.m. eastern time. Register for the EJI Multidisciplinary Team Guide and Toolkit webinar

Alzheimer's Association Training and Education e-Learning Portal

The Montana State Chapter Alzheimer's Association provides many online and in-person courses.  These are offered at no charge to families through the Training and Education e-Learning Portal

A variety for training opportunities for professional care providers are also offered for certificiation/recertification

The Alzheimer’s Association Cognitive Impairment Care Planning Toolkit

The Alzheimer’s Association has shared the Cognitive Impairment Care Planning Toolkit: for download. They are open to suggests and feedback on the document. If you have any comments please direct them to your Project Officers. 

MT State Alzheimer's Plan Meeting

Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, premiering January 25, 2017, at 8pm MT, is an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease. It is also a rare opportunity for us to capitalize on the investment of a respected partner and 'hook our wagon' to this star.

The companion website is robust, including:

Many know the unique tragedy of this disease, but few know that Alzheimer’s is one of the most critical public health crises facing America. This powerful documentary illuminates the social and economic consequences for the country unless a medical breakthrough is discovered for this currently incurable disease. Key project partners include the Alzheimer's Association, National Partner; and Dementia Friendly America, Community Partner.

Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) Resources

CDC’s Tribal Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention: Best Practices Guide 2016

The Role of Pharmacists in Preventing Falls among America’s Older Adults

Pharmacists: On the Front Lines—Addressing Prescription Opioid Abuse and Overdose

CDC’s New Opioid Guideline App

Dementia Training Opportunities from Geriatric Education Centers

Translating Research into Practice: Stanford GEC

Dementia Resources: Consortium of New York GECs

Dementia Detection and Management at the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Nevada GEC

Demential Care Certificate: Wyoming GEC