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

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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


Montana Caregiver Respite Retreat Program Dates for 2023/2024

All Respite Retreat are held from 10AM - 3PM

September 2023:

Sept 14th Kalispell, Hampton Inn

Sept 15th Polson, Kwataqnuk Hotel and Casino

October 2023:

Oct 5th Broadus, Community Center

Oct 6th Miles City, Sleep Inn

Oct 31st, Glasgow, Cottonwood Inn and Suites

November 2023:

Nov 13th Red Lodge, site TBD

Nov 14th Billings, Hope United Methodist Church

Nov 29th, Deer Lodge, County Meeting Center

Nov 30th, Phillipsburg, Granit County Museum

Dec 1st, Anaconda,The Forge Hotel


Spring 2024 Locations, Dates TBD:



Three Forks


Big Timber





West Yellowstone/Ennis


Flathead Reservation

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]