2024 55th Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging

 

Billings Hotel and Convention Center - Billings
October 1st and 2nd

The annual Governor’s Conference on Aging was created in 1968. Our mission is to offer information and education to our older citizens, their families, and caregivers. These attendees include elderly, persons with disabilities and caregivers. The conference cover topics relevant to all people who are dealing with aging and disability issues.

As people of all ages gather together, they also learn more about one another and increase their understanding of the problems and emotional stresses that we all face as we care for our most vulnerable citizens and grow older ourselves.

The Conference relies on funding through corporate and individual sponsorships, fund raisers, and individual registrations.

Centenarian Celebration

As part of the conference, we will be hosting a Centenarian Luncheon from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on October 1st, 2024 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings. The cost of the meal and one night's stay, if needed, for the Centenarian and one guest will be covered by a sponsorship organization. To reserve your seat at the table, contact Tessa Bailly at (406) 444-6061. 

Montana has one of the fastest-growing aging populations in the nation. Over the next 15 years, adults aged 65 and over will constitute 25% or more of the state's total population. Within this group, the number of individuals aged 100 or older continues to increase each year. Since 2006, we have honored Montana’s Centenarians at the Centenarian Celebration at each conference.  Are you, or do you know a Centenarian in your community? We would like to hear about them. Check out the Centenarian website for Registration Information.

Conference Details

Updated Draft Conference Agenda

This year's conference will be held October 1-2, 2024, at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings. For hotel reservations click here  Governors Conference on Aging [holidayinn.com]. Verify dates needed, select room type and enter required information to make reservation. To secure the conference room rate of $98.00 + tax, reservations should be made by September 1, 2024.

Conference registration is $75 per person. Once you complete the registration (see instructions below) go to our convenient online portal to pay.  

There will be a silent auction, sponsored by the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging. Funds raised will support the mini-grant program for Montana's eligible Senior Centers.

Registration Instructions

Step 1:

If you are registering to attend the conference for yourself, please complete the Single Registration form and email it to Kelly Crosier at kcrosier@mt.gov. You can also print the form and send it to Kelly Crosier at Governor’s Conference on Aging, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604.

 If you are registering to attend the conference for yourself and others, please complete the Group Registration form  and email it to Kelly Crosier at kcrosier@mt.gov. You can also print the form and send it to Kelly Crosier at Governor’s Conference on Aging, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604.

If you are registering to attend the Centenarian Luncheon only, please complete the Centenarian and Guest Registration Form and email it to Kelly Crosier at kcrosier@mt.gov. You can also print the form and send it to Kelly Crosier at Governor’s Conference on Aging, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604.

Step 2:

If paying by check, mail form and check to Kelly Crosier at Governor’s Conference on Aging, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604. Make checks payable to "Governor's Conference on Aging."

If paying by credit card, click on the Payment Portal link that's on the downloadable registrations forms (posted above), to pay the total amount due. 

  • A non-refundable transaction fee will be applied during the “Transaction Summary,” when ‘Payment Type’ is selected. This non-refundable transaction fee is calculated as follows:

  • Credit/Debit Cards - $1.19 per transaction + 3% of License fee(s).

  • Electronic Checks- $1.19 per transaction

Mini-Grants

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging developed the Mini-Grant Program to help facilitate up front funding of innovative ideas that will serve senior interests in rural Montana. Eligible activities include training and education for seniors, the development and/or enhancement of support services that are otherwise unmet in the community and in some cases basic needs to continue operation.

Applicants must describe the unmet need in the community and its effect on seniors and how they intend to solve this need; collaborate with the aging network, or establish a public/private partnership and provide a detailed budget for the proposed project.

Sponsorship, Exhibit, and Advertising Opportunities


Last Year's Sponsors

Platinum

McLaughlin Research Institute Logo Stockman Bank Logo BlueCross BlueShield of Montana Logo
Angel Care Logo

 

   


Gold

Wish of a Lifetime from AARP



Bronze