Annual Conference of The Montana Gerontology Society

The Montana Gerontology Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting advances in the field of aging, professional development, public education, and advocacy. It has more than 150 members—professionals, the general public, and students.

MGS’s 36th Annual Conference, “Pathways: Aging in the 21st Century,” will be held April 26-27, 2018, at the Best Western GranTree Inn, in Bozeman. The conference will explore new pathways to aging and provide opportunities for thoughtful communication and idea sharing.

It will be of interest to a variety of professionals in the aging network (healthcare providers, social workers, senior service organizations) as well as seniors, baby boomers, and retirees. Two exciting keynote speakers have been engaged for the conference.

Kay Van Norman of Bozeman, Mont., is founder and president of Brilliant Aging, a consulting firm committed to changing the way people view and experience aging. She is an internationally known writer, speaker, and wellness consultant.

As Director of the Keiser Institute on Aging (KIOA), Van Norman crafted collaborative wellness initiatives with world renowned researchers, industry leaders, and practitioners in gerontology, senior housing, fitness, and older adult wellness. She currently serves on the International Council on Active Aging and the American Senior Fitness Association boards.

On Thursday, Van Norman’s keynote presentation, “Aging—It’s a Family Affair,” will explore aging as a multi-generational, not a solitary, pursuit.

We learn about aging through our parents and grandparents, our children learn about aging through us, and we’re all impacted by community and cultural expectations of aging.

This session explores how subconscious aging scripts can impact responses to health challenges and offers practical strategies to build a personal and family culture of well-being.

Keith N. Fargo, Ph.D. is the Director of Scientific Programs and Outreach, Medical and Scientific Relations for the Alzheimer’ Association, Chicago, Ill. He oversees the Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® program, a service that connects people with ongoing clinical studies in their area.

Additionally, Dr. Fargo oversees the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART). This professional society of the Alzheimer’ Association represents scientists, physicians, and other professionals active in dementia research.

On Friday, Dr, Fargo will give an update on Alzheimer’s Association Research. He will share information about the latest progress in drug treatments to stop, slow, or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Many of the new drugs in development aim to modify the disease process itself by impacting one or more of the many wide-ranging brain changes that Alzheimer’s causes.

Twenty breakout sessions will cover health issues, financial and legal topics, dementia, and caregiving. There will be several sessions on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.

Other topics include Legal & Financial Planning, Combating Senior Financial Exploitation, Guardianship, Fighting Senior Hunger, Dangers of Senior Hoarding, Dementia and Age Friendly Communities, and Music Therapy.

Sponsors and Exhibitors will share information and resources from a myriad of services and programs.

Registration fees will be available for the entire two-day conference, or just for Thursday or Friday.

MGS 2018 paid members get a discount on the full, two-day conference fee ($190.00), and on the one-day fee ($120.00). Students, seniors, and retirees pay only $90.00 for the full, two-day conference and $50.00 for one day.

\Registration includes lunch, breaks, program booklet, and handouts. For a conference schedule, registration form, or membership application, visit

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