Training & Events


Age-Friendly Health Care and the 4M's Presentation from the 2020 Annual MTGEC Conference

Opportunity for Team Training:

An introduction to the four essential elements that comprise the 4 M's framework of an Age-Friendly Health System: What Matters, Mobility, Medication and Mentation by Katherine Bennett, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine.

To introduce Age-Friendly Health Systems and the 4M's into the practice setting, this 1-hour presentation is available for viewing and continuing education credit. Please have 3 or more staff members for the viewing.  A site coordinator can request the video, evaluation, and sign-in sheet for staff training.  After the video is viewed, the site coordinator will return the sign-in sheet and evaluations and certificates will be distributed via email. 

To sign up for this training opportunity, contact MTGEC at  and request information on the Age-Friendly Health Care program.

NWGWEP Spring 2021 Geriatric Healthcare Series

Broadcast Live via Zoom: March 30th – June 1st, 2021 (Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm MST)

MTGEC and the University of Washington’s Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC) are partnering to bring a series of continuing education lectures on geriatric health.  

The lecture series provides education for those who are involved in the care of older adults. Lectures on geriatric topics include best available information on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease in older patients as well as related topics such as age-friendly health care and community-based resources.

See the registration brochure for speaker line-up and registration details.

Dakota Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

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Project Geriatric and Age Friendly ECHO sessions

Dakota Geriatrics leads the monthly tele-metoring sessions with regional/national speakers on topics based on Geriatric 4Ms. 1CME/SW credit provided per session.

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12PM CT.


Age Friendly Healthcare for Direct Care workers (Webinar Series)

Donald Jurivich, DO, Program Director for Dakota Geriatrics (GWEP) leads a series of 5 Webinars on Age Friendly Healthcare and the framework of Geriatric 4Ms. Credits available for Nursing, SW, OT and PT professional.

Every 2nd Monday of the month at 4PM CT. (Feb-June 2021)


Dementia Friendly Healthcare and Community (Symposium)


The collaboration of Dakota Geriatrics, Wyoming Center on Aging and St. Louis University Gateway Geriatric Education Center present “Dementia Friendly Healthcare and Community Support.”  This day long symposium involves national experts in dementia care.  Topics include dementia assessment, treatment and community support. Up to 7 CME/SW credits will be offered. 


June 16th 2021 (Central Time 8:15 AM- 5:15 PM)


Age Friendly Care in the Great Plains


In partnership with National Indian Council On Aging, Dakota Geriatrics brings regional experts to discuss the Geriatric 4Ms in patient care specific for American Indian populations in the Great Plains. Day 1 addresses health care issues confronting older adults and community workers (3 SW hours). Community Older adults are encourages to attend. Day 2 targets how healthcare professionals can better assess and manage the older adult patient (up to 5 CME/SW credits).

March 30, 2021 (Central time 7:45 AM- 11:45 AM)

March 31, 2021 (7:45 AM – 2:00 PM)


Mountain Pacific Quality Health - Nursing Home Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Webinar Series

Join your peers for the next session in the nursing home Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Talk webinar series taking place from December 2, 2020 - March 24, 2021.

During this 10-part series, you will learn what TIC is and how this method can be used in nursing homes. You will also learn the following:

  • How to meet the recent regulations requiring assessment of trauma
  • The impact of loneliness and isolation on residents during a global pandemic
  • Care considerations specific to dementia and delirium
  • How to approach prevention and management of behavioral disturbances in the nursing home
  • How to minimize trips to the emergency department
  • Medication treatment in nursing homes and how to watch for side effects that may not be obvious

Join us on the following dates and times (sessions will be one hour):

  • March 10, 2021
  • March 24, 2021*

Click here to view previous session recordings and slide decks on Mountain-Pacific's website, under the Trauma-Informed Care section. 

Age-Friendly Care in the Great Plains Virtual Symposium - University of North Dakota

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 7:45 AM - 11:45 AM CT and Tuesday, March 31, 2021, 7:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Download Age-Friendly Health Care Flyer

FREE learning opportunity for older adults, families and caregivers with regional experts in Geriatric healthcare for the American Indian Populations.

March 30 Presentation Content March 31 Presentation Content
  • Isolation & Loneliness
  • Legal & Ethical Implications of Vaccines
  • Brain Health & Dementia Prevention
  • Functional Mobility for the Joy of Living
Overview of Age-Friendly Primary Care
Addressing Geriatric 4Ms:
  • What Matters
  • Mentation– Aging vs. Dementia
  • Medication– Traditional Indigenous Medications
  • Mobility Assessments & Action Plan    
Pre-Registration Pre-Registration

The Montana Gerontology Society (MGS): 39th Annual Conference - A Team Approach to Aging Well

April 12-13, 2021

Missoula, MT - Holiday Inn Downtown

Topics of interest will be presented for healthcare professionals,aging services providers, as well as seniors, family, friends and care partners.  Registration discount for Committee Volunteers & Presenters.  Sponsor opportunities and exhibit space available

For more information:

Nevada Interprofessional Health Aging Network (NIHAN) - Geriatric Seminars for Older Adults and Caregivers

August 26, 2020 - June 23, 2021
Virtually via Google Meet and Phone

NIHAN GWEP offers free geriatric seminars for older adults, caregivers, and community-based organizations who provide cares to elderly patients. Various topics of the seminars are based on the 4Ms framework of Age-Friendly

Health System to improve overall health of older adults. Each training is 60-minute, and participants will have an opportunity to ask questions to geriatric experts.

Here is the link to REGISTER for this program and see FLYER for details about the program and speaker line up. 

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:

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.

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.