Training & Events


From 2017 through 2019, 45 local agencies received awards for community-based projects focused on dementia education.  Funding for the three years totaled $42,175, ranged from $500 to $1,000, and averaged approximately $937.  Awardees included Area Agencies on Aging, community coalitions, local libraries, long-term care facilities, community health departments, and religious organizations.  Projects had three primary approaches and foci: educational seminars and workshops on dementia for community members and family caregivers; dementia-friendly community events and efforts; and educational materials and programs on dementia for professionals (e.g., nursing assistants, primary care providers).  

Summary of the 2019-2020 Dementia Awardees & Dementia Training Implementation


A Team Approach to Aging Well

When: April 16-17, 2020

Where: Holiday Inn Dowtown, 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT

Time: Registration starts at 7:30am both days

  • Thursday: 8:30am - 4:00pm, 4:30pm Careers in Aging - Interaction with Students
  • Friday: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Every year, the Montana Gerontology Society provides a conference addressing aging and senior issues. They will focus on the medical, clinical, social and community services that providers give to their patients, clients, residents, and customers. They will also cover caregiving, healthcare, financial, and legal issues that seniors and adult children need to be aware of and plan for to be prepared for their future.

The target audience includes health & wellness professionals, physicians, researchers, educators, long term care providers, students, older adults, caregivers and adult children, volunteers and others associated with the field of aging.

For Agenda and Registration please go to Montana Gerontology Society

CE's: Applications for continuing education are in process for Nursing, Pharmacy, and Occupational Therapy. Social Work, Physical Therapy, Nursing Home Administrators, and others can submit to their respective boards.


When:   March 31 - June 2, 2020.  5:00pm - 6:30pm MST every Tuesday

Where:  Approved host site (see requirements to host below)

CE Available for most professional disciplines

MTGEC is partnering with the Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center to bring nationally and regionally recognized faculty presenters from the University of Washington. The 10-week series will focus on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD).  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 schedule for a full list ot topics & dates.

CALL FOR HOST SITES! Requirements to host: a venue/room for participants; an internet connection, PC and projector to show the streaming video; and a site coordinator to work with MTGEC.

Contact MTGEC if you would like to host the series:, (406) 243-2453.

Registration coming soon! 




Project ECHO: University of Wyoming

Through the UW ECHO® in Geriatrics, sponsored by the Wyoming Center on Aging, healthcare professionals throughout the state have the opportunity to receive best-practice recommendations for consideration in management of older adults. You are invited to present challenging cases for discussion and feedback to a network of colleagues as well as a specialist care team. Each ECHO network will also feature a brief community discussion on a variety of important topics related to geriatrics. Project ECHO is a virtual model for lifelong medical learning and collaborative practice that links front-line healthcare providers with specialist care teams to manage patients who have chronic conditions requiring complex care. It is transforming the way medical knowledge is shared and translated into everyday practice while in the process, enabling thousands of people in remote and medically underserved communities to receive care that was previously inaccessible.

Learn more here!


The Center to Advance Palliative Care's (CAPC) Dementia Care FREE Online Resources:

Website Registration:

The Center to Advance Palliative Care’s (CAPC) Dementia Care online resources are designed to help all health care professionals, across all specialties and disciplines.

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. 

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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