Training & Events

Dementia Funding Available

Funding Now Available!

 Small Town Dem Awards

...for Dementia Education in Your Community

The Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC) is offereing stiepend for the coming year for commnity projects focused on dementia awareness and education.
These stipends will provide awards of $500-$2,000 to community organziations, libraries, senior care facilities, area agencies on aging, etc., that will provide dementia awareness and education activities in their communities. Activities can be for individuals with dementia, caregivers, healthcare providers, businesses, or the community at large.
To see what others have done with this funding in the past, check out page 6 of the 
MTGEC will begin reviewing on November 15, 2021


Alzheimer's Storybook Program - Preschool Materials for Teachers and Parents

Montana State University Extension is piloting Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness for Children:  Storybook Series.  The program helps parents educate and support their children and families who may be experiencing a family member or neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease.   This program also provides materials for teachers to educate preschool children about Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is rapidly growing in the United States.  According to the 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. When a family member has Alzheimer’s, everyone in that family is affected, including children.   Montana State University Extension has developed this storybook series with the goal to increase awareness and knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease among children and their parents.  We want to provide supportive resources to children and families in Montana who may know someone with the disease.

See the website for the Preschool Materials for Teachers and Parents.

Age-Friendly Care Partnership between the John A. Hartford Foundation and WebMD

The John A. Hartford Foundation partnered with WebMD to provide older adults and their caregivers with information and tools they can use to get age-friendly care. The dedicated partnership portal, Over 70: Take Control of Your Health, has dozens of articles, tools, videos, and other resources for consumers to learn about and receive age-friendly care focused on what matters to them.

Click here to check out these resources. 


MSU Extension - Release of a Health Care Power of Attorney and Related Documents for Montanans

MSU Extension is releasing (on-line only) a Health Care Power of Attorney and Related Documents for Montanans,  The publication is especially relevant during this stressful time of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.  

Contact for Questions:

Marsha A. Goetting, Ph.D., CFP®, CFCS

Professor and Extension Family Economics Specialist

Voicemail: 406-994-5695  

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

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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.

Social Security Administration: Representative Payee Interdisciplinary Training Series

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.



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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.