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Governor's Conference on Aging

2018 Rock Your Age Celebrating Aging in Montana

50th Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging

September 25-27, 2018
Delta Hotel (formally Radisson Hotel)
Helena, Montana

Conference Details

The 50th annual conference promises to be full of great information, lively events and celebration. It will give our seniors, volunteers and health care professionals ideas that will help you "rock your age".

* * Agenda * *

Keynote Speakers:

  • Mary Lazare, Principal Deputy Administrator, Administration for Community Living and Disabilities
  • Elaine Ryan, AARP Vice President, State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI), Government Affairs Department
  • Lynn Mullowney Cabrera - Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association, MT Chapter
  • Nanette Whitman-Holmes - Life Enrichment/Wellness Director, Touchmark
  • William Marcus, host, joined by John Twiggs, Ray Ekness and Gus Chambers, producers of "Backroads of Montana"
  • Senior Center Panel - Innovations for the Future

Drum BrothersPerformances:

  • Drum Brothers - following Centenarian Banquet - Get Your Drum On! Drum Brothers will lead an interactive, guided rhythmic experience for participants.  Drums Provided! Participation and laughter expected!!!
    AARP sponsored event free for conference attendees: -- Registration for Drum Brothers Event
  • Geriactors - Wednesday Luncheon entertainment - "Senior Moments"

Break-out Sessions and topics designed to "Rock Your Age"

  • Healthy Lifestyles Rock
  • It Takes a Village
  • Rock into the Future
  • Enhancing Moments: Living with Dementia

Honoring our Centenarians - Centenarian Banquet

The tradition of recognizing our Montana's Centenarians continues. This year a late afternoon banquet is scheduled for September 25th that will be held in conjunction with the conference. If you are or know a centenarian that would like to receive a Certificate of Recognition from the Governor for being 100 years of age or older by December 31, 2018, please visit the Centenarian site. Details about the banquet will available closer to the event so Mark Your Calendar and contact our office for further information.

Mini-Grant Sponsorship - Governor's Advisory Council

The Governor's Advisory Council (GAC) sponsors the Governor’s Conference on Aging and developed a mini-grant program to assist rural communities, fewer than 10,000 populations, who have limited resources and need some assistance in meeting a need for the elderly living in their community. The grants range from $200 to $1,000 and help facilitate supports for senior services in those communities. Mini-grants have been used for various things such as training and educational materials, exercise and health equipment, kitchen equipment for meals as well as developing and enhancing support services that are otherwise unmet in the local communities for senior interests or needs. The grant funds are obtained by sponsorships and a silent auction during the conference. These Mini-Grants are awarded during the conference. Deadline for Mini-Grant submissions is August 20, 2018.More information is available on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging page. 2018 Mini-Grant Application form

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

We rely on Sponsors to operate this conference. There are a variety of sponsorship packages. You may want to sponsor the Centenarian Banquet or one or more of the coffee breaks; Keynote speaker, be a Mini-grant sponsor; purchase an exhibitor booth; or advertise your business in the conference program. Some Sponsorships packages include exposure for your business through the addition of your business’ logo on this page as one of our sponsors. Check out the packages and rates and choose which sponsorship best meets your needs.  2018 Sponsorship and fee information

Please contact Jackie Stoeckel at (800) 332-2272 or (406) 444-6061 during normal business hours or email jstoeckel@mt.gov for more information on any of these upcoming events.  Sponsors can mail in their sponsorships and payment (Sponsor Fee Agreement) or register their sponsorship online through the registration link below.



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