Wheels Across Montana is a grant-funded health promotion project, made possible by the Reeve Foundation, to promote physical activity, physical and mental health and quality of life for Montanans living with a variety of disabilities. Through the selection, purchase and distribution of adaptive bikes and trikes in 4 key areas of Montana, and working with select community partners to assure creative outreach and all-inclusive recreational programs, we will increase physical activity and social interaction.
Program sites will include Fort Peck Tribes, Billings, Dillon and Missoula. In each region, one medical center/provider is partnered with a recreation program provider to assure that people with disabilities are aware of the program and able to access the recreational equipment that is best suited for their needs. A statewide advisory group of adults living with disabilities is assisting in selection of equipment and program delivery.
Register now for these free upcoming workshops in a community near you!
Systematic Instruction Training
June 15, 16, and 17, 2016 (8:30 AM-4:30 PM)
Holiday Inn Downtown, 200 S. Pattee St., Missoula, MT
June 20, 21, and 22, 2016 (8:30 AM-4:30 PM)
Bitterroot River Inn, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Dr., Hamilton, MT
July 13, 14, and 15, 2016 (8:30 AM-4:30 PM)
25 West Silver St., Butte MT
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By Lauren Beyer, Rural Institute Project Assistant
Allison is a cheerful young woman. Those who know her describe her as kindhearted and always willing to help. She has a smile that can light up an entire room. Allison lives in Billings, Montana with her family. She graduated high school last year and is driven to reach many goals for her future.
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Hope for the Best and Plan for the Worst
Can You Age-in-Place in YOUR Home?
The Western Rural states are aging. It is expected that by 2025, Montana’s population will be the fourth oldest state in the union. It’s also estimated that by 2030, Montana will be one of ten states in the country to have more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 18, and it will be one of only six states to have 25 percent of its population aged 65 and older.
Policy makers are reshaping Medicare; politicians are trying to protect Social Security... but what are each of us doing to be sure that we can age-in-place in our own homes? Each day, 10,000 Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are celebrating their 65th birthday and joining the ranks of “older adults.”
RuralConnections - A publication of the Western Rural Development Center, Spring 2016
Dr. Anna-Margaret Goldman recently completed her PhD in Higher Education Administration at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. However, she is no stranger to Montana. She has lived in Missoula part time since 2009. Her most recent position was Prevention Specialist at C.S. Porter Middle School. Prior to that she was responsible for growing a university mentoring program at the University of Alabama. She brings excellent skills in developing campus/community relationships.
We are delighted to have her as a member of the Rural Institute’s Leadership Team and as a community-focused colleague. Please join us in welcoming Anna-Margaret to the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities.