As you grow older staying healthy and fit can mean more years doing what you love, living in your home, and enjoying all life has to offer.  Our Healthy Aging programs are designed to help adults get and maintain overall health and wellness in the later years of their lives.  

The mission of MSU Extension is to improve the lives of Montana residents by providing unbiased, research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families and communities. The MSU Extension Montana Healthy Aging Initiative is a goal for residents of Montana to be their best self across their lifespan. Healthy aging is a concept for you to strive to work on challenges you may face using preventative programs and services, becoming involved in your community and creating healthy living habits and behaviors. This page is dedicated to healthy aging across the lifespan and features education and information on how to be your best self. Click on any of the links below to join us on the journey of healthy aging.


Healthy Caregiving

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Programs and tools that help you take care of yourself while you are taking care of others


Aging in Place

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Programs, ideas, and tools to help you stay in your home


Healthy Transitions

senior couple fishing on lake

Planning for life during retirement


Healthy Living

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Programs and tools for nutrtion, phyical activity and mental health wellness  to help you live your best life


Learn more about the MSU Extension Caregiver Respite Food Program

Find more information and schedules for the Mobile Memory Café's
on our Living Well with Dementia Page

Montana Caregiver Respite Retreat Program Dates for 2024

All Respite Retreat are held from 10AM - 3PM

Spring 2024 Locations:

Hardin, January 31

Lame Deer, February 1

Livingston, February 16

Columbus, February 23

Whitehall, March 6

Roundup, March 8

Boulder, March 13

Havre, April 18

Lewistown, April 19

Billings, May 8

Plains, May 13

Arlee, May 14

Elmo, May 15

Hot Springs, May 16

Dixon, May 17

Missoula, June 11

Dates TBD:

Three Forks


Big Timber

West Yellowstone/Ennis


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
[email protected]