January 17, 2019

Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Seniors, caregivers invited to council on aging public meeting

DPHHS requests public comment on aging services

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging is hosting a special public meeting for seniors and caregivers on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the Rocky Mountain Development Council Senior Center located at 200 S. Cruse Ave.

Kerrie Reidelbach, of the Office on Aging for the Department of Public Health and Human Services, said the meeting is designed for the public to provide ideas or express concerns or issues regarding senior services offered throughout the state. 

The council spends a great deal of time tackling the issues associated with an aging population that will continue to stretch available resources over the next 25-30 years. 

“The 2019-2022 Montana State Plan on Aging is in the development stages,” Reidelbach said. “We are looking for your input as to what senior services offered are doing well and/or what current services need improvements. We would also like to identify what you see as gaps in services.”

Specifically, the council would like to hear comments from the public about provided services to our seniors age 60 and older including: Senior Nutrition Services, Transportation, In-home Services and Support for Caregivers.

“Through our Area IV Agency on Aging, Senior Nutrition and Transportation programs at Rocky Mountain Development Council (Rocky), we strive to provide the necessary resources, education, daily nutrition and transportation services to help our seniors live with independence and dignity,” said Rodney Applegate, Senior Services Program Director of Area IV Agency on Aging. “We continually look for opportunities to improve our services through the Congregate and Home Delivered Meals, Transportation, Education and Aging Support programs at Rocky and we welcome any ideas, suggestions or comments regarding these programs.”

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging serves as the official advisory body to the Governor.  The group is made up of 11 Montana citizens who advocate for aging issues.

The public can also submit a comment online through February 28, 2019 here. https://dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/aging/stateplanonagingpublicforum  

For more information, please contact Applegate at 457-7359 or Reidelbach at 444-7788.