I would be sitting around the house doing nothing. I feel needed now.
I have a client who lives in a senior residence. I take her shopping and to do errands. She has told me that going out with me is a bright spot in her week. She says she feels more connected to the community and feels that she belongs. She says the time with me gives her perspective on things she is dealing with and that she feels that I treat her as a whole person.
fIrst as a Foster Grandparent and now as a Senior Companion my experience has been and continues to be rewarding. Missoula Aging Services is a wonderful, professional organization, providing much needed and appreciated services to a wide community. I truly appreciate all they do and look forward to many more years working together.
"IT's ALL ABOUT SELFLESS SERVICE TO OTHERS!! AMEN."
As an older person I appreciate the help with Part D Medicaid for several years now. I appreciate MAS being there like money in the for the time that I may need the many other devices available to older people.
In my work, I collaborate with Missoula Aging Services (MAS) on several projects including Powerful Tools for Caregivers, educational programming, and Dementia Friendly Missoula. MAS is always open and willing to listen to ideas and work on programs that benefit seniors in our communities. MAS provides options for volunteers to assist with programs that spark their interests and talents. I am proud to work with MAS and know there are options for future collaborations.
Being a Senior Companion the last few months has enriched my life and I hope it has also enriched my clients. I have become more focused and organized since I joined the program. I have met so many nice and helpful people and I just hope I am making a difference in their lives also.
Missoula Aging Services is an amazing non-profit organization. I first encountered them when I needed help making sense of Medicare. I couldn't believe how helpful and friendly everyone was. A friend at church suggested I take the Stepping On balance/fall prevention class. The instructor, Elaine Carmichael made the class fun & relevant. That lead to my becoming an MAS Volunteer myself. People I know in other states wish they had something like MAS where they live and are jealous of me. MAS is the best!
My daughter and grandson moved 1800 miles away leaving me feeling alone and unneeded. Being welcomed by the people in Missoula Aging Services I once again felt useful. I have become a member of an extended family with friends I look forward to seeing and a way to give back to my community. Some of the nicest people in Missoula are here and you only need to volunteer to meet many more. Thank you Missoula Aging Services for all you do for those seeking your services and those volunteering. You rock!!!!
Great people, friendly, upbeat and very helpful. Awesome place to volunteer!!!!!
I became involved with Missoula Aging Services approximately 3 1/2 years ago after seeing an ad in the Missoulian for the Foster Grandparents program in the public schools. They worked very diligently to find a school near where I live and so I was placed at Russell Elementary School which turned out to be a perfect fit!! I worked with a kindergarten and second grade teacher. I absolutely loved working with them and their students! The students are definitely so lovable and eager to learn and that is so rewarding! I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity and would advise anyone who is bored to check out Missoula Aging Services! It's well worth your time!!
Working in the Missoula Senior Center was a wonderful experience. I met so many people and shared so many experiences. They are a great group to work with. Since my husband passed away I have been thinking about going back to work again. I know I need the support of the friends that I met at the Center. They do a great service to the many seniors that utilize the Center.
Missoula Aging Service offered us assistance in various ways including help with navigating the health insurance programs, meals on wheels and senior companion. All of these services were offered to us by different individuals within the program. All of them were fantastic to work with and the services were much needed at the time. MAS is a fantastic program and I hope they continue to do their great work for many years!
Missoula Aging Service (MAS) has been extremely helpful to my mother and my family. Having them available to offer support, knowledge, and to provide resources and guidance to other available resources has been instrumental in our ability to help our mother as she ages. Without the help and assistance of MAS, I believe my mother and our family would have struggled greatly through many of the challenges we have faced in the last couple of years.
Thank you MAS!
So glad to help you, your mom, and family! Thanks for your support.
I have the honor of being a volunteer for MAS and allowed to work with such wonderful people. I have fantastic clients and when I leave them at the end of my shift I leave feeling so happy and useful. Thank you Missoula Aging Services.
As I approached age 65, I didn't know much about the options and choices I'd need to make regarding Medicare. What I did know was confusing. I signed up for Missoula Aging Services' New to Medicare workshop because I knew they would present thorough, unbiased information in a way I could understand. After the sessions, when I had more questions as I worked through the information, I was able to talk to a Resource Specialist there who knew the information inside and out. What a relief to be able to access such knowledgeable support when one is dealing with important decisions like this! The professional staff at MAS are really topnotch--such an asset to our community!
MAS not only provides much-needed services for older adults and caregivers, they also offer volunteer opportunities and ways to engage with their community. It's a wonderful and reciprocal exchange of assistance that utilizes the gifts and abilities of older adults while also connecting them to resources that help them age with grace, independence and dignity.
Though I personally have never needed Missoula Aging Services (MAS) programs, my mother has been deeply involved with the organization since she retired a few years back. She attends workshops such as MAS' New to Medicare, she eats at congregate meals so she doesn't have to cook for herself, and she'll be attending a Life Reimagined workshop later this month. In fact, she's so committed to the organization, that she's also been volunteering with MAS to keep herself busy and stimulated. Not only is MAS a place for her to learn, but it's also a social outlet where she can meet other older adults. MAS has been integral in helping her navigate aging and growing older and as her daughter, I am truly grateful for this wonderful community resource!
I had heard that "Aging Services" gave help to seniors with issues, but didn't consider mine to be one..I was simply grieving, but couldn't stop. I could not stop crying. On the recommendation of my sister, I finally went and asked for some "Grief Counselling"
Within a short visit the counselor straightened me out. She taught me about grief and grieving and how it works. It made all the difference in the world. What a relief! It sounds minimal, but it was monumental. And it was "no charge". !
I truely appreciate the unique volunteer opportunities that have been presented to me. It is always fun to meet new people who have the same interest. Also, there is no pressure to volunteer other than what you place on yourself. The heartfelt thank you that you receive from Missoula Aging Services really comes from their hearts.
Missoula Aging Services is a solid organization that offers important help for older adults just when it is needed. The staff helped me file a report when my mom's insurance company was giving her a difficult time. Fast, efficient - and compassionate.
MAS was awesome in matching me with a volunteer site. I have been with the Police Department and St. Pat's Hospital for almost 17 years. With all the services that they provide, I was able to contact my daughter, power of attorney for my mom, and she was able to check in Billings to see if they had the same services. I am always telling others about going to MAS to sign up to volunteer and what services they offer and which services are free. MAS is compassionate about their role to the seniors, helpful to find volunteer sites or to suggest the different services they provide. You are wonderful!!