Training & Events


Northwest Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Center - Winter 2021 ADRD Healthcare Series

Dates: January 5 - March 9, 2021

Times: Tuesdays, 5-6:30 PM MST

The Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC) and the University of Washington Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC) team up again to broadcast the Winter 2021 Geriatric Healthcare Series!  Nationally and regionally recognized NW GWEC faculty will present each lecture and facilitate discussion. The series will assist providers in developing and enhancing health promotion interventions to prevent disease and postpone further disability for the older adults they serve.

The series will be presented fully remote via Zoom.

MT nurses requiring ANCC credit will need to register and pay the $45 fee from UW School of Nursing.

For a line up of speakers and topics see the Series brochure

To register:

Please register:

You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link after you register.

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 Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 3:00 PM MST, 1:00 PM AKST and 12:00 PM HST.

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):

  • December 16, 2020
  • December 30, 2020
  • January 13, 2021
  • January 27, 2021
  • February 10, 2021
  • February 24, 2021
  • March 10, 2021
  • March 24, 2021*

*All sessions will be held at 3:00 PM MST, 1:00 PM AKST and 12:00 PM HST except for March 24, 2021, which will be held at 3:00 PM MDT, 1:00 PM AKDT and 11:00 AM HST due to Daylight Savings Time.

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

Montana State University Extension - Tuesday Tips

A series of 45-Minute Estate and Legacy Planning Webinars

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC recommendations to practice social distancing, MSU Extension colleagues Marsha Goetting and Emily Standley are offering an estate and legacy planning webinar series in 2021.  The topics for 2021 were chosen by last year’s participants.

The series will be offered every Tuesday in January and February starting on January 5th.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea and watch from 10:00 – 10: 45 AM.  A 15-minute Question and Answer Session will be held until 11:00 AM.  To view the 2021 schedule go to"2021 Schedule and Resources".

To learn more about the co-hosts, click here.

To learn how to use Web Ex on your computer, click here.  

The webinars were broadcasted through Webex, a free, online platform.   To view past recordings and resources go to "Past Recording and Resources."

Register to Sign up to receive an email reminder the day before each session 

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

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. 


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.

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.

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.