Training & Events

MTGEC Funding Available for Community Projects Focused on Dementia Education

Montana has a new state plan addressing the current and future needs of individuals and families with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. To assist communities with addressing these needs, the Montana Geriatric Education Center is offering stipends for community projects focused on dementia education through MTGEC’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.

These stipends will provide small awards of $500-$1,500 to community organizations, area agencies on aging, community coalitions, 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.  

We are looking for creative ways to reach participants in this time of COVID-19. Funds will be provided for educational materials/resources, educational activities, dementia kits for libraries or organizations to have available for loan, training or equipment for virtual trainings, honoraria and/or travel for speakers, advertising or publicity for the activities/events. No food or entertainment expenses will be allowed. See application for additional requirements.

Dementia Funding Application Link

Application Deadline: October 30, 2020

Seamless Care for Our Veterans - Virtual Trainings

November 10, 2020



University of Utah Project ECHO: Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

Partnering nursing homes will be compensated for their participation!

ENROLL in this program by October 16, 2020! 

For more information on this ECHO Initiative:

CME and nurse contact hours available. These sessions have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.TM 

In partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the ECHO Institute and the University of Utah Project ECHO team will provide training, mentorship, and support to nursing home staff on infection prevention and control to nursing homes across the mountain west.

The program will have the following goals:
  • Preventing COVID-19 from entering nursing homes via staff, visitors, and patients.
  • Should the virus enter the nursing home, preventing greater spread among patients, staff, and visitors.
  • Providing best-practice care and treatment for patients who test positive for COVID-19.
  • Protecting staff from infection and ensuring best-practice safety measures, to help staff build confidence in their work, feel safe from infection, and support staff retention. 
  • Ensuring that patients who are dying from COVID-19 can safely receive visitors.

Montana Pain Conference: Hope for Diseases of Despair

Presented by Western Montana AHEC 

Virtual Conference October 1-2, 2020

The Montana Pain Conference utilizes an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on sharing innovations in chronic pain care. With an emphasis on effective pain assessment, special attention is paid to research, education, and advocacy. Effective pain management empowers providers and patients as they navigate complex treatment needs.

The Montana Pain Conference has attendees from across Montana, representing a wide range of Montana employers and industries. Presentations, panels, and breakouts meet the educational needs of physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with pain.

Featured Topics

  • Placebo Effect on Pain
  • Psychedelics and Pain
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Buprenorphine and Naltrexone
  • Behavioral Health
  • Meditation/Mindfulness
  • Expert Panels

For addtional details and registration, visit

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

April 12-13, 2020

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:

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.


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. 


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