Missoula Aging Services

'Senior Companions' Give And Get, More Needed

10 hours ago
Cali Beeson

Judy Allan and Alice McGraw are the poster kids for the Missoula Aging Services Senior Companion program. Their photo made a brochure, and when you meet them, you understand a bit better what this program is about.

"I can tell how wonderful it is being old and having a friend like Judy to do things with," says McGraw. "We do a lot of talking and visiting. She make me feel like my family is here."

Language Is No Barrier For Senior Companions

Apr 28, 2015
Emily Proctor

Frank Havlick and Chuck Gheer get together every Tuesday at Chuck’s place. It’s a small room with a twin bed, a recliner in the corner, and pictures of children hanging on the walls. Here they read scripture, listen to music and chat about life.

Missoula Aging Services

For the 165,000 Montanans who are on Medicare, the next week and a half is crunch time. December 7 is the deadline for people age 65 and over to pick a Medicare prescription drug plan.

"People a lot of times can save hundreds of dollars just by switching plans," says Kate Cotnoir with Missoula Aging Services. 

They've got five full time staff and a couple of volunteers booked solid helping people shop for new plans.

Funding Impacts on Senior Services

Dec 27, 2013

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services; the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties. As many of you know, Congress has come to an agreement on the major budget issues that have delayed finalizing the funding for fiscal year 2014, which started October 1.  Because Congress has only partially offset sequestration with this budget deal, I want to talk tonight about why it is important that we advocate on behalf of vulnerable older adults. 

Friendship

Jul 12, 2013

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.  This month I celebrate 30 years at Missoula Aging Services and 34 years working in the field of aging. Tonight I would like to pay tribute to all the older adults who have served as my mentors and helped shape my personal and professional journey.

Elder Abuse Awareness

Jun 12, 2013

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.  Tonight I want to raise the unpleasant but important topic of elder abuse.  By defining what it is and giving examples, I hope to increase your awareness of this growing “silent epidemic” and suggest ways we can all help stop its spread.