In Montana there are over 160,000 caregivers that care for family members with activities of daily living due to age, disability or family dislocation. Caregivers often report more stress, anxiety, decreased well-being and health as a result of no respite time away or healthy well-being habits. The goal of MSU extension healthy caregiving initiative is to provide research-based education and respite opportunities for caregivers in Montana’s communities. These programs consist of learning how to care for oneself and improve their well-being while being a healthy caregiver. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers program is one such program that can provide tools to navigate the challenges of caregiving. Additionally, new programs will identify specific caregiver resources from state partners that include Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association and other agencies from Montana. Check back frequently to go through new opportunities to live as a healthy caregiver or contact MSU extension for more information.
For more information on Gerontology Programs at MSU and MSU Extension please contact:
Dan Koltz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Development
Gerontology Specialist, MSU Extension
317 Reid Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3370