Training & Events

The Montana Geriatric Education Center & Northwest Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Center team up to provide a winter telehealth series in 2019 focused on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.  To see complete list of speakers and topics download the schedule.

WHEN:  January 8 - March 12, 2019: 10 week Geriatric Health Course, Tuesdays 5pm - 6:30pm.

WHERE: Presentations are broadcasted live online to cities across the state of Montana through the University of Washington.  Sites currently secured:

  • Billings – Riverstone Healthcare; Billings Clinic; Billings VA
  • Bozeman – Frontier Home Health
  • Broadus - Powder River Manor
  • Butte - The Springs Living
  • Culbertson - Roosevelt Medical Center, Telemedicine Room
  • Ennis
  • Forsyth - Rosebud Health Care Center
  • Glendive - Glendive Medical Center
  • Great Falls – A+ Healthcare; MSU Nursing
  • Kalispell - Area IX Office on Aging
  • Laurel - Laurel Family Medicine
  • Lewistown - Central Montana Medical Center
  • Livingston - Livingston Healthcare
  • Miles City - MT Health Network
  • Missoula – Village Healthcare and the University of Montana
  • Poplar/Wolfpoint - NEMHS
  • Shelby - Marias Medical Center
  • Sidney - Sidney Health Center
  • Terry - Prairie Community Hospital
  • Townsend - Broadwater Health Center
  • Whitefish - The Springs

The series is once again offered for free.  A certificate of participation will be provided at the end of the series by MTGEC to all participants to use for their CE or employment records.  Participants earn 1.5 contact hours each week after completing the registration form, weekly sign-in sheets and weekly evaluations. 

Although the series is offered for free,  ANCC nursing certificates through UW School of Nursing requires a $45 processing fee (registration and fee payment is online this year).  If nurses do not need ANCC credit, just a certificate of participation for the MT Board of Nursing, they do not need to pay the fee. Nurses may want to check licensing requirements to determine if they need an ANCC certificate for their licensing renewal. 

MTGEC provides continuing education for nursing home administrators and assisted living administrators. Social Work ce is provided by Washington State Social Work Board. If participants request, MT Board of Occupational Therapy, MT Board of Pharmacy, and MT Board of Social Work credit can be requested. 

REGISTRATION: Registration Brochure

INTERESTED IN HOSTING A SITE? If you are interested in hosting a site contact Terry Egan at 243-2453 or  MTGEC will pay the $45 nursing certificate fee for one nurse from each site who acts as a “host”.

Host site responsibilities:

  1. Recruit participants for the series. Participants can attend one or all sessions, 1.5 contact hours are received for each session attended. This can be just in your facility, or in your community. MTGEC will send email blasts announcing the series to our email lists to help with recruiting.  You can forward this on to your own staff or email contacts.
  2. Sign into the series each week using the link provided and ADOBE CONNECT with a computer that is connected to high speed internet (no WIFI allowed) and a projector to show on a bigger screen(if the group is more than 3-4 people). More technical information will be provided later.**Reminder: This is a group sign-in; there is not enough band width for every individual to sign in on their own computer. Also, a network connection is required; WIFI will not provide a stable viewing experience.
  3. Each week, have participants complete sign-in sheet, program evaluation, and the registration form if not already completed.
  4. Session handouts will be emailed to the host site by Monday before the session. Copies can be made or emailed to participants at your site.
  5. Each week, collect the sign-in sheets, evaluations and new profiles and send them to Terry Egan at MTGEC by scan & email, fax or mail by 5pm on Thursday.

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

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

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. 

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