Online Geriatric Health Issues & Aging Curriculum

The curriculum is a valuable resource for professional development and/or personal growth. With several courses to choose from it meets a variety of learning needs for professionals, students and faculty working within the health care sector across the state. Courses focus on aging and associated health issues, are interdisciplinary in context, current in best practices and approved for continuing education/contact hours (CEU’s) for nurses, pharmacists, social workers, licensed counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and nursing home administrators. 

Registration to the course gains participants a 6-month enrollment period (next enrollment period is July 1, 2021 - December 25, 2021), providing a convenient and flexible online format. 

Cost: $35.00


The course is based on recorded presentations from the 2020 MT Geriatric Education Center’s Annual Conference: Age-Friendly Health Care in the New Normal. The course will identify strategies participants could use to implement or expand Age-Friendly Health Care and the 4 M’s (What Matters, Mobility, Medication and Mentation) in their practice setting. 

  • Age-Friendly Health Care and the 4M’s by Katherine Bennett, MD
  • What Matters by Angela Catic, MD 
  • Mobility: Keeping Aging Fun by Colleen Hergott, PT, DPT 
  • Medication Considerations for Older Adults by Abby Winter, Pharm D, BCACP
  • Mentation: The 3 D’s by Emily Trittschuh, PhD
Cost: $35.00


The Dementia Continuum course is based on recorded presentations from the 2019 MT Geriatric Education Center’s Annual Conference: The Dementia Continuum.  The course examines dementia along the progression of the disease, encouraging participants to implement strategies in their practice setting for early detection, behavior management, end of life care planning, caregiving and the prevention of dementia. 

  • Brain Health: Dementia Risk Reduction by Keith N. Fargo, PhD
  • End of Life Advance Care Planning for Dementia Patients by Lee Jennings, MD, MHS
  • Keeping Caregivers Well: You, Me and All of Us by Soo Borson, MD
  • Reducing and Managing Dementia Related Challenging Behaviors by Vicki Schmall, PhD
  • Why Early Detection of Dementia Matters by Patricia Coon, MD
Cost: Montana residents - Free ; Out-of-state - $25.00


The ADRD course provides an overview of the incidence and prevalence of cognitive decline in the older adult population; a review of signs and symptoms of cognitive decline in older persons; discussion of screening tests, treatment and follow up.  Patients as Partners  describes a six-step approach to a collaborative model of the provider patient relationship. Various methods for effective communication and special issues associated with older persons and persons of different ethnic backgrounds.

  • Cognitive Decline and Dementia in Older Adults
  • Patients as Partners
  • Screening for Cognitive Impairment